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Defense Budget #84134

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 08, 1983
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(Studio) White House deputy press secretary Larry Speakes said blaming media for public opposition to President Reagan's defense budget proposal; Republican-controlled Senator Budget Committee recalled not approving President's full request.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Reagan's call for United States military build-up to counter USSR build-up recalled. [January 29, 1981, March 8, 1982 - REAGAN - criticizes USSR ; considers it "focus of evil in modern world."] President's recent proposal for space weapons program recalled; concern that United States pressure on USSR regarding arms race is backfiring discussed. [Soviet analyst Michael McGWIRE - notes USSR is hardest when it feels threatened.] [William HYLAND - considers seriousness of current situation.] Indications of incrd. USSR military build-up and hard-line stance in recent mos. outlined on screen, discussed. Georgi Arbatov in "Pravda" article, recalled threatening US. Latest trend in Geneva arms talks noted. Yuri Andropov's and Viktor Kulikov's incrd. personal attacks on Reagan also recalled; quoted on screen. [HYLAND - thinks current situation is critical test for Andropov.] Focus of Reagan's proposed space weapons program outlined. [William COLBY - thinks "Star Wars" mentality activates Soviet phobias about US; explains.] [Raymond GARTHOFF - notes negative impact of intense United States pressure on USSR .] Possible course of US-USSR relations considered.
REPORTER: John McWethy

McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Frank

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