This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iraqi video of how foreign "guests" are being treated at a strategic location shown. [Four HOSTAGES - (with Arabic subtitles on screen) comment on conditions and say hello to their families.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) First incident in Persian Gulf involving French troops and Iraq detailed. Report introduced.
(Rochester, Minnesota: Brit Hume) Comments from President Bush about gulf featured; scenes shown of president on his whirlwind campaign in Minnesota. [BUSH - campaigns for Senator Rudy Boschwitz.] [In Minnesota and yesterday in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Massachusetts, and Cincinnati, Ohio, BUSH - talks about gulf crisis; says we "cannot compromise with brutal, naked aggression" of Iraq in Kuwait.] Bush's approval rating mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Announcement that President Bush will spend Thanksgiving Day with the troops in Saudi Arabia noted. Report introduced.
(State Department: John McWethy) Visit by Secretary of State James Baker to gulf region to give message that United States troops will be reinforced featured; scenes shown of American servicemen in Saudi Arabia during Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Colin Powell's visit. Baker's position that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will not back down unless it looks like whole multinational force will fight outlined; details given of opposing Saudi and American positions on who should have the final say in leading the anti-Iraq coalition. Baker said also seeking to float ideas on how United Nations Security Council can be used to exert pressure on Iraq.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Saudi Arabia: Bill Redeker) Changing configuration of Iraqi forces in Kuwait and resulting need for a United States troop buildup featured; maps shown to illustrate Iraqi troop and tank buildup. [Military adviser Ken BROWER - says United States needs heavier forces to go on the offensive against Iraq in the desert and win a quick war.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from United States commanding General H. Norman Schwarzkopf to "New York Times" that total destruction of Iraq might not be in the best interests of regional balance of power reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report that accident which killed American sailors on USS Iwo Jima may have been result of human error detailed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Bush's campaign swing agenda reviewed.
(In east Texas: Charles Murphy) Texas gubernatorial election between Clayton Williams and Ann Richards featured; scenes shown from the campaign trail and from television ads. [RICHARDS, WILLIAMS - comment.] [State GOP chairman Fred MEYER - says press is overplaying Williams' gaffes.] [Political analyst Phil SEIB - comments.] [In town of Uncertain, Texas, two VOTERS - criticize both candidates.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Defeat of Communists in elections in Soviet republic of Georgia reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Outbreak of ethnic violence in Soviet republic of Moldavia reported; scenes shown of police fighting with armed civilians.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Police reported opening fire on Hindus who were attempting to storm a Moslem mosque in city of Ayodhya, India; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Monthly figures on leading economic indicators and unemployment cited. Report introduced.
(Washington: Stephen Aug) Laying off of workers even by prosperous companies examined; "down-sizing" by BP America cited as example. [BP's CEO James ROSS - says old idea of lifelong job security has disappeared.] [American Management Association Eric GREENBERG - explains why companies are cutting back.] [Bell Redford Glenn's Clinton GLENN - talks about insecurities and instability brought about by down-sizing.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Fred Lebow, impresario of New York City's marathon, who is battling brain cancer, profiled; scenes shown. [LEBOW - talks about marathons and his reaction to finding out he had cancer.] Lebow's background reviewed; photos shown. [LEBOW - recalls his early life in Romania, his later interest in marathoning and his role as marathon director.] Photos shown of first New York Marathon in 1970; scenes shown from later marathons. [Sports columnist Ira BERKOW - talks about Lebow's indispensability.]