This program is 27 minutes long
(Kuwait: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the showdown with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reviewed.
(Pentagon: David Martin) The impasse over the US use of bases in Turkey featured; details given of how the deadlock affects the US war plan; scenes shown of a cargo ship off-loading US military equipment in a Turkish port. Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix’s intention to inform Iraq that it must destroy its missile that exceeds the permitted range noted.
(Kuwait: Dan Rather) Saddam’s words that he does not want war but will fight if attacked quoted; scenes shown of Saddam with an official from Russia.
(Kuwait: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Washington: Jim Stewart) The conviction in Germany of Mounir el-Motassadeq on charges related to the September 11 attacks featured; details given about the impact of Motassadeq’s conviction on the case of Zacarias Moussaoui; courtroom scenes shown.
(Kuwait: Dan Rather) A look at the US military’s new Apache Longbow helicopter presented; details given about the Apache’s capabilities; exclusive footage shown of an Apache launching hellfire missiles in Afghanistan last year; scenes shown of an Apache practicing maneuvers in the Kuwaiti desert. [Pilot James DEPPEN- explains the radar system.]
(Studio: John Roberts) The crash of an Iranian military transport jet in Iran reported.
(Studio: John Roberts) Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge’s trip to Cincinnati to kick off a public awareness campaign urging Americans to be ready for a terror attack reported.
(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles: Sandra Hughes) The escalating price of gasoline featured; details given about a California law mandating conversion to a more expensive, environmentally friendly fuel; scenes shown of a protest in Los Angeles against high prices. [PROTESTOR – says profiteers are using war as a method to gouge us.] [Florida attorney general Charlie CRIST- comments on the gas price in Florida.] [American Petroleum Institute John FELMY- says you either believe in supply-and-demand or conspiracy.] [California gas CUSTOMER – comments.] [Independent petroleum marketer Bob VAN DER VALK- says you will pay for clean air.]
(Kuwait: Dan Rather) Exclusive interview with the US Army’s top field commander, Lt. Gen. Scott Wallace, who will lead ground forces into Iraq, presented; excerpt shown from the film “Braveheart.” [WALLACE – says the plan is to be decisive, rapid, lethal, and bring our troops home; comments on the importance of Turkey for mounting an attack from the north; notes the advantage in demonstrating control of the major population centers; says the army is here to provide the opportunity for the Iraqi people to decide their own way of government.]
(Studio: John Roberts) More violence in the Middle East as Palestinians fired rockets at an Israeli town after an Israeli raid on Palestinian targets in Gaza City, West Bank, reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: John Roberts) Announcement from Representative Richard Gephardt that he will run for president in 2004 noted.
(Washington: Joie Chen) Gephardt’s strategy for his presidential campaign examined; other Democratic candidates listed. [GEPHARDT – says the fight for working families is in his bones.] Declarations from Representative Dennis Kucinich & former Senator Carol Moseley Braun of their candidacies for president noted. [MOSELEY BRAUN – says voters are prepared to elect a woman.] [“Rothenberg Political Report” Stuart ROTHENBERG- says either foreign policy or the economy could sink President Bush.]
(Studio: John Roberts) The death toll from the blizzard in the East cited; scenes shown of a Washington, DC, traffic jam caused by snow clean-up efforts.
(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.
(Newark, New Jersey: Lee Cowan) The rescue of a dog stuck on the ice in a New Jersey river featured; scenes shown. [Kearny fire department Capt. Tom McDERMOTT- talks about the dog and the rescue.]
(Kuwait: Dan Rather) Tamarsh Thompson, an Apache helicopter pilot stationed in Kuwait who, as a teenager, attempted to steal a car in Texas from Dan Rather, profiled.