ABC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 20, 2004
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(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Protests against the war in Iraq on the first anniversary of its start noted.
(Washington: Pierre Thomas) The view in a new book by former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke that President Bush was fixated on linking the September 11 attack to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein examined; excerpts from "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror" quoted. [ABC News military analyst Tony CORDESMAN- outlines the view of neo-conservatives that there was an Iraqi conspiracy behind terrorism.] [Brookings Inst. Michael O'HANLON- calls Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's words "stunning."] Next week's 9/11 commission hearings noted.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) The significance of the charges from government veteran Clarke, who worked under three presidents & the reaction from Bush's administration, discussed.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Further coverage of Clarke's book on "This Week" noted.
(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Announcement by Spain that it will pull its troops out of Iraq unless the U.N. becomes more involved noted.
(London: Richard Gizbert) The protests around the world against the war in Iraq featured; scenes shown of two demonstrators who climbed London's Big Ben holding a "Time for Truth" sign, from Trafalgar Square, Madrid, Spain, Rome, Italy, Australia & elsewhere. [In London, two PROTESTERS - comment.]