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Iraq-US Relations / Military Moves / Baghdad / Democrats #724052

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the Iraq crisis reviewed.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The US military strategy for an invasion of Iraq featured; details given about Special Operations forces already inside Iraq and about plans for CIA operatives to sabotage Iraqi military installations. [US Army retired Col. Ken ALLARD†- says human eyes are the best device for scoping enemy targets.] Reports that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is preparing to launch chemical attacks against US troops noted. [Former U.N. weapons inspector David KAY†- comments on the possibility that Saddam will coat roads & bridges with VX gas.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Saddam’s son Uday Hussein’s rejection of President Bush’s ultimatum that the family must leave Iraq or face war reported.

(Baghdad: John Irvine) Baghdad’s preparations for war featured; scenes shown of Saddam wearing a military uniform, of buses leaving the city and the departure of U.N. weapons inspectors. [U.N. weapons inspectors’ spokesman Hiro UEKI†- says we wish good luck to the people of Iraq.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Peter Arnett) The response of Baghdad’s citizens to Saddam’s rejection of the ultimatum, their awareness that Bush intends to occupy the city and the status of Iraqi military preparations discussed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The opposition of France, Germany & Russia to the US ultimatum; a statement against war from the Vatican; an attack with red paint on the Prime Minister of Denmark in protest of that country’s support of war with Iraq; Secretary of State Colin Powell’s announcement of thirty countries that support the attack and the flight of Kurds from northern Iraq reported; scenes shown from Copenhagen and Dohuk, Northern Iraq.

(White House: Campbell Brown) Accusations from Republicans that Democrats are unpatriotic in criticizing the president for taking the country to war examined; Representative Dennis Hastert†’s rebuke of Senator Tom Daschle quoted. [Yesterday, DASCHLE – says he is saddened that the president failed so miserably at diplomacy.] [Senator Rick SANTORUM†- criticizes Daschle.] [Representative Barney FRANK†, Senator Edward KENNEDY†- suggest they are being stifled.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – says everyone has a right to dissent.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Irvine, John;
Arnett, Peter;
Brown, Campbell

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