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Mideast / Attack On Marines: Report #82337

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 27, 1983
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(Studio) President Reagan's statement of responsibility for failure to provide security to stop attack on Marines at Beirut, Lebanon, base in October reported Pentagon report on investigation of event noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Los Angeles, California) Details given with regard to Reagan's response to Pentagon report [REAGAN - accepts responsibility and comments on attack.] [Senator Select Committee on Intelligence member Senator Patrick LEAHY - thinks commission headed by Admiral Robert Long is right with regard to military sharing responsibility but shouldn't have all blame. Comments on foreign policy decision.] President's vacation in Los Angeles noted. Requests from Congress to Speaker Tip O'Neill re: putting priority on discussion of attack and presence of Marines in Lebanon noted.
REPORTER: Mike von Fremd

(DC) Reagan's action cited to block military from disciplining officers for misjudgment prior to Beirut bombing. Details given with regard to report from commission headed by Long, as learned by ABC News. Criticism in report of Marine Colonel Timothy Geraghty and Lieutenant Colonel Howard Gerlach stated. Films shown. Items listed, include FBI report with regard to size of bomb, criticism of administration of President Jimmy Carter with regard to CIA cutbacks.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) Update given with regard to status of Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson's proposed visit to Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman, captured by Syria. Film shown. State Department comment with regard to proposed trip, and conditions Jackson has put on canceling it reported to include that request for cancellation must come from President Reagan. Failure of cease-fire in Beirut described.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Reporter(s):
von Fremd, Mike;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John
Duration:
00:04:50

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