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Iraq War / Anniversary / Bush Speech / Clarke Statements #750746

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 19, 2004
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(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(White House: Bill Plante) President Bush’s focus on the war on terror in his speech marking the one-year anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq reviewed; details given of Bush’s decision to not talk about former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction; war casualty & cost figures cited. [BUSH – says there are still violent thugs & murderers in Iraq; states there can be no separate peace with the terrorists.] [On March 19, 2003, BUSH – warns against Iraq’s “weapons of mass murder.”] [On January 28, former chief weapons inspector David KAY†- says we were all wrong.] The war against terrorism as a campaign issue noted.

(Studio: John Roberts) The claims of former National Security Council member Richard Clarke† that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was pushing for an attack on Iraq only hours after the September 11 attacks noted. [From “60 Minutes,” CLARKE {responding to questions from interviewer Lesley Stahl††} – comments on Rumsfeld’s assertion that there were better targets in Iraq than in Afghanistan; says there was no evidence that Iraq was supporting Al Qaeda.] More of the interview on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” noted.

Roberts, John;
Plante, Bill

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