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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Powell / War Plans / Homeland Security #723148

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The up-and-down day for the White House as the countdown to war seems to be in its final stages reviewed; details given about Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation of his case for war and about the campaign of France, Germany & Russia against a second U.N. resolution. [POWELL – says recent intelligence shows Iraq is destroying only a portion of its banned weapons.] [Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans BLIX – says tearing up the missile is real disarmament.] [French Foreign Minister Dominique De VILLEPIN† {thru translator} – says we will not allow a resolution that authorizes force.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – says there will not necessarily be a veto of a U.N. resolution.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Powell’s speech to the Center for Strategic & International Studies in which he presented his case against Iraq featured. [POWELL – says Iraq’s major goal is to divide the international community; comments on atrocities committed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein; states he understands the hesitation to go to war; says we have done everything possible to avoid war.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The US military’s latest war plans outlined; details given about American troops working with Kurdish forces to improve airstrips in northern Iraq; photo shown of the MOAB {Mother of All Bombs}, the US military’s biggest conventional weapon. [US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy FRANKS†– says we will prevail.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Chicago: Jim Avila) Preparations for a possible surge of terrorist activity on the home front if war breaks out featured; details given of restrictions on ports & airspace and about shortages at the local level of homeland security. [US Coast Guard Capt. John HOLMES†- says we will increase security efforts.] [Virginia Department of Public Health Dr. Denise SOCKWELL†- says we are now first-responders.] [Illinois Terrorism Task Force Michael CHAMNESS†- comments on the shortage of protective suits for emergency workers.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush’s meeting with an envoy from the Vatican, who came to relay the pope’s hope for peace and a shouting match between Iraq & Kuwait at an Islamic summit in Qatar reported; photo shown of Bush and Cardinal Pio Laghi††; scenes shown from the summit in Doha, Qatar.

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Avila, Jim

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