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Reagan / US-Iran Arms Deals #99967

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 16, 1986
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(DC: Karen Stone) Secretary of State George Shultz's criticism of President Reagan's arms deals with Iran featured; scenes shown. [Courtesy CBS, SHULTZ - cites his lack of authority to assure further shipments will not occur.] Question controversy raises about Shultz's continued effectiveness noted. [Zbigniew BRZEZINSKI - notes Secretary of State should be able to speak for administration on foreign policy matters.] [Henry KISSINGER - agrees.] [SHULTZ - believes media attention on arms-for-hostages policy has been helpful; explains; declines comment on his possible resignation.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(DC: Sheilah Kast) Congress intelligence cmtes. reported organization investigations into President's covert arms shipments to Iran; details given, scenes shown. National security adviser John Poindexter's position on testifying mentioned. [Courtesy "This Wk.", Senator Patrick LEAHY - considers President's testimony immaterial; cites need for that of CIA director] Burden on CIA director William Casey outlined. [Courtesy NBC, POINDEXTER -defs. withholding information from joint chiefs of staff chairperson] [Courtesy "This Wk.", Senator Robert BYRD - believes political blunder undermines nation's and administration's credibility.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Chief of staff Don. Regan, in "New York Times", quoted re: his perception of his job in light of administration's string of foreign policy fiascos.

Donaldson, Sam;
Kast, Sheilah;
Stone, Karen

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