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Iraq-US Relations / Bush Speech / U.N. Diplomacy / Oil Fields / Military Moves #723954

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 17, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the Iraq crisis reviewed.

(White House: Campbell Brown) President Bush’s speech tonight in which he will deliver a final ultimatum to President Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq or face attack featured; details given about the resignation of House of Commons leader Robin Cook following British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s request to Parliament to vote in support of war. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL – says Saddam must leave the country.] [British Deputy Prime Minister John PRESCOTT†- says nobody has tried harder than our government to resolve this diplomatically.] [Senator Joseph LIEBERMAN†- criticizes the administration’s foreign policy.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) Bitter feelings over the collapse of U.N. diplomacy featured; details given about the backlash from Russia & France after the US & Britain withdrew their U.N. resolution; scenes shown of U.N. personnel preparing to leave Baghdad. [British ambassador to the U.N. Jeremy GREENSTOCK†- says one country has underlined its intention to veto any ultimatum.] [POWELL – says Saddam has had his chance.] [French Foreign Minister Dominique de VILLEPIN†- says we have the possibility of having a peaceful solution.] [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN – says the legitimacy of action without the support of the U.N. will be questioned.] [International law expert David SCHEFFER†- says the US understood Resolution 1441 to provide the authority for military action.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The possibility that Saddam has sabotaged his oil fields featured; details given of intelligence reports about oil-filled trenches and the movement of Republic Guard units; map shown of the location of a large spill at the Rumalia† oil fields. [Political psychology expert Dr. Jerrold POST†- says Saddam may set his own oil fields on fire.] [US Army retired Gen. Wayne DOWNING†- comments.] Turkey’s reconsideration of allowing US troops to use its bases and Australia’s announcement that its troops will participate in a war against Iraq noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Kuwait: Dana Lewis) The final war preparations of the 101st Airborne Division featured; scenes shown of soldiers training to deal with prisoners-of-war. [US Army Gen. William WALLACE††- says you can’t let your emotions get in the way of sound military judgment.] [US Army 101st Airborne Capt. Theresa RAYMOND†- talks about prisoners.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Irvine) Preparations for war inside Iraq featured; scenes shown of Iraqi armored vehicles on the move, students digging trenches, citizens buying guns and lines at gas stations. [Iraqi secondary school HEADMASTER – says the students will all fight.] The evacuation of embassy staffs and U.N. personnel noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Brown, Campbell;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Lewis, Dana;
Irvine, John

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