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Iraq-US Relations / U.N. Diplomacy / Blair / Military Moves / Glosson Interview #723657

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(White House: Bill Plante) Another series of new proposals to the U.N. Security Council for a war resolution against Iraq featured; details given about the proposal offered by Britain. [Before Parliament, British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR – says he wants a clear set of tests for Iraq to demonstrate compliance.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – says the president has gone the last mile for diplomacy.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(London: Richard Roth) The political troubles for Blair since aligning himself with President Bush featured; Blair shown defending his position at a town meeting. [Before Parliament, BLAIR – says the international community gave Iraqi President Saddam Hussein an instruction to disarm.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Northern Kuwait: John Roberts) The readiness of American & British troops to go to war featured; details given about the dilemma for British troops, who are uncertain if they will be in the fight due to diplomatic & political concerns; scenes shown of American & British soldiers at a US Marine base in Kuwait. [1st Battalion Parachute Regiment Maj. Andy HARRISON†- says he hopes to work side-by-side with the Americans.] [US Marine Corps Sgt. Michael CUNNINGHAM†- says skills will degrade {while waiting for the order to attack.}]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Taped discussion shown with retired US Air Force Lt. Gen. Buster Glosson† about effect of troops waiting in the desert for an order to invade Iraq. [GLOSSON – says sandstorms damage equipment; comments on the difficulty of maintaining a fighting edge after a long wait; expresses concern about the plan to start a ground war simultaneously with the air assault; says fighting in Baghdad will be a nightmare; says failure to capture Iraqi Republican Guard units in 1991 was a mistake.]

Rather, Dan;
Plante, Bill;
Roth, Richard;
Roberts, John

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