Countdown to Looking Glass (1984): Transcript


The program you are about to see is base on a war game developed with the help of military experts and advisors
Its purpose is to inform, not to alarm.
What you will witness a series of events reported by the evening news on television.
A series of events that could lead to the brink World war three.
At this moment flying over the Unite States is a nilitary airborne command plane.
It is a communication outpost for the president and strategic air commond
It is capable of transmitting orders to US forces across the world, during the nuclear confrontation.
Its codename is Looking Glass.


01:10 Don Tobin:
Good evening, I'm Don Tobin, This is CVN World News today.
A terrorist bomb in Saudi Arabia today took the life of Amarican Ambassador Gabriel Seaton and killed 4 others at the united states Embassy,
For a report on this, the latest in a series of startling development in the Middle east
We hear from Michael Boyle at the US Embassy in Jeddah.

01:37 Michael Boyle:
Bomb exploded in a pantry next to the kitchen on the ground level.
Blast tore away a whole corner of the building all the way to the roof of four storey.
Ambassador Seaton was in the third floor ofice on a same corner killed instantly.
Three other officials also died in the attack.
Ironically, security at the embassy was tightened only yesterday, in response to a wave of violence in the region triggered by America's banking crisis.
This is Michael Boyle, CVN News, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

02:10 Don Tobin:
Just a few moments ago the White House issued the following statement.
We are appalled by the senseless killing of ambassador Seaton and three members at the embassy staff.
United States calls on the government of Saudi Arabia to take unneduate action to apprehend and punish the terrorists who committed this crime.
Statement went on to offer sympathy to Ambassador Seaton's wife and two children and to the relatives and dependence of the other dead Americans.
The ambassador's death climaxes several days of turmoil in the middle east, that were ignited by the bank crisis here at home.
It's been years since Americans have lived to such an astonishing week.
Five days ago, Chile, Argentina and Brazil forming a debtors' cartel the follwing on their loans that cause the failure and collapse of three american banks.
Within 24 hours. panic and speculation throughout the country, lead to the withdrawal of more than three billion dollars, that force the White house to close the banks to put a halt to all banking transactions.
But Americans have found it har to be separate from their money in the bank crisis now in its fifth day, continues to cause eruptions of violence.
Barry McKay reports from New York

03:25 Barry McKay:
This was the scene this morning at the National Mercantile Bank.
Local depositors responding to a rumer that the bank will open again for normal business, storm the doors in a few tile attempt to be reunited with their money.
The National Mercantile was one of thtree banks that file because if the South American loan defaults.
The patient of the citizens as well as their cash is rapidly becoming exhausted.
This is Barry Mckay, CVN News Neew York.

03:55 Don Tobin:
In the highly complex arrangements in international finance, impact of the bank crisis continues to be felt throuhout the world, particularly among the oil producing countries in the Middle East.
Soviet backed guerillas topple the government of Oman after it had lost seven hundred million dollars in its national treasury, which had been invested in an American bank and now turmoil has spread to Saudi Arabia with the bombing at the embassy and th deah of our ambassador.
To help us make sense if the new political geography in the Middle east, we have senior correspondant, Eric Sevareid, in our Washington studios.
Eric, how gravely does Washington take this? What's your own view?
How far do you think you can go

04:43 Eric Sevareid:
It means something and while America ride out the bank crisis with restraint in some patience.
The reaction in the Middle East as expressed itself with guns and bombs.
As we saw with Iran-Iraq war allegiances in that area are highly volunerable.
People in official Washington are of course unhappy by thsese events, but not all that suprised.

05:03 Don Tobin:
What's your own view?
How long can that restraint and patience obtain?

05:07 Eric Sevareid:
Well it's a national policy premise that the Persian Gulf and its oil resources are vital to the western world, to our allies in Europe and Pasific.
We're not likely to back away from that policy now.
But it's a threat of civil war in Ssaudi Arabi, the biggeset, richest and closest Arab friend to the US that could mean calamity to American interest and that reach.

05:28 Don Tobin:
Eric Sevareid, Thank you.
The chairman of the Federal Reserve and the secretary of the Treaury met with the president earlier today to review the most recent development in the bank crisis.
Here's Dorian Waldorf with the latest from the White House.

05:43 Dorian Waldorf:
This afternoon, the White House issued a statement saying the administration will, and I quote, wait and see before planning to issue script tanke the place of currency during the bank shutdown.
Observers here take that as the first hit the bank holiday may not last as long as once predicted.
This follows closely on te heels at the treasury secretary statement to the press in the last hour that the world cash crises may soon be easing.
This is Dorican Waldorf, CVN News at the White House.

06:14 Don Tobin:
I've just been told that we have Nancy Dickerson at the State Department with a live report.

06:19 Nancy Dickerson:
Press secreatary, John Jay Bingham.

06:22 John Jay Bingham (State Dept. Spokesperson):
But we've learned from experience that hasty reaction to events still unfolding, impact on the events themslves.
The simple fact of the matter is that the Department of State continues to watch these events in the Middle East with what we used to call in the navy or "weather eye" on our interest.
Now I take questions.

06:40 Nancy Dickerson:
John! John!

06:42 John Jay Bingham:
Ms. Dickerson

06:43 Nancy Dickerson;
In the last week we've had a leftist cool in Oman right at the Strait of Hormuz
We've had the emir of kuwait.

06:49 John Jay Bingham:
Nancy, is this one question or editorial?

06:51 Nancy Dickerson:
Look John, US Ambassador

06:54 (Staff1)
Stay one question and you done

06:57 (Staff2)
Adminstration some ok..
Better digging the White House.
Irene, Speak to Dorian Waldorf as soon as possible please. Thank you.

7:23 Bob Calhoun
Hi Sorry
7:25 Dorian Waldorf
I didn't have anything better to do
7:27 Bob Calhoun
Oh yeah and a lot of laughs
7:28 Dorian Waldorf
But the living essentials for drinks
7:31 Bob Calhoun
Is that right? Double black.
7:34 Dorian Waldorf
How was your day?
7:36 Bob Calhoun
Painful. I give my report to the president.
Well it's great to get me in my room
7:40 Dorian Waldorf
In this case.
I bit more beer
7:46 CVN
This is CVN night.
The body of ambassador, Gabriel Seaton, will return back to the United State this evening by military jet.
White house national security ...
7:55 Dorian Waldorf
So, is the national security adviser on this?
7:58 Bob Calhoun
National security advisor is on everything.
Sees all, knows all.
8:03 Dorian Waldorf
Tells nothing.
8:04 Bob Calhoun
Tells me everything
8:07 Dorian Waldorf
Maybe you dropped juicy tip it over dinner
8:11 Bob Calhoun
Dinner's off sorry
8:18 Dorian Waldorf
Is it the Middle East? Oman?
8:20 Bob Calhoun
Now intelligence picked up a couple of problems were banging heads trying to get a sort of.
8:33 Dorian Waldorf
What about later do you want to stop by
8:39 Bob Calhoun
Yeah sure. Try


08:56 Don Tobin:
Good evening.
The defense department announcement just now released says that the United States Central Command contingent landed earlier today in Saudi Arabia
This move estimated to be the largest United States military operations since the Vietnam War, has taken much of the nation and the world by surprise.
This action the Pentagon said is a peacekeeping initiative, made in response to King Fahd's request for US help, after rebellious units have his own army occupied the sacred city of Mecca.
CVN's Michael Boyle landed with the US forces.
He filed the story earlier from an unidentified location in Saudi Arabia.
Claiming national security is the reason, the Defense Department has only now authorize the release of this report, 9 hours after the landing.

09:50 Michael Boyle:
Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division again landing shortly after dawn.
American troops are on the Arabian Peninsula
This is very much a combined operation.
The army, the Air Force and Marines all have units here.
How many?
The answer to that question at this stage at least is claffigied.
In 1983, I watched the Grenada invasion from a boat offshore and I know this is a much larger force.
An hour or so ago, we watched the delivery of at least a dozen Lance missiles (MGM 52 Lance), and also unknown number of M110 howitzers, both weapons are nuclear capable, but no one here is saying much about that.
Early today, united states marines landed on the shores of the Red Sea, a few miles south of the city of Jeddah.
A scene reminiscent of last year showdown in Lebanon, but on a much larger scale.
As to why all this is happening. Colonel Howard Anderson gave the somewhat understated explanation.

10:48 Colonel Howard Anderson, 82nd Airborne Division:
I have a prepared statement gentlemen.
United States combat forces at the invitation of the government of Saudi Arabia will take and hold defensive positions that agreed-upon location.
The forces will assist in reestablishing public order and deter aggression against the people of Saudi Arabia.
That's it

11:06 Michael Boyle:
Supplying these troops with everything from spare parts to letters from home, it's not going to be an easy operation.
This is Michael Boyle, CVN News, Somewhere in Saudi Arabia.

11:20 Don Tobin:
For an evaluation of this extraordinary military intervention,
We have standing by Paul Warnke of former assistant secretary of defense and also the US chief negotiator on the SALT 1 treaty.
Mr. Warnke, how long is it since the world saw an American military intervention of this magnitude?

10:38 Paul Warnke, Former US negotiator Salt:
But I would say that it's really comparable to the Vietnam commitment.
But it's happening overnight so it's the major infusion of American military strength.
And we have not seen anything like it since World War II.

11:53 Don Tobin:
Well but can this be seen by the Soviet Union as anything other than a provocative act?

11:59 Paul Warnke:
It should not be seen as provocative by the Soviet Union
We've told them repeatedly during the Carter Administration.
For example that in the event of trouble in the Gulf that interfered with the flow of oil, we would commit American military forces.
We have a stake in the stability of the area.
and that preservation of stability in the area does not threaten the vital interests of the Soviet Union.

12:22 Don Tobin:
Warnke, Thank you once again.
Tonight, the United States command contingent watched over a troubled Saudi Arabia, following the White House directive to help establish public order and deter aggression.
But more importantly their guaranteeing the free flow of oil from the Saudi finance and ensuring that giant tankers will be able to make their way through the Persian Gulf unmolested.

12:58 Don Tobin:
Yeah I know I did
12 at the latest it's really been appalling around here today.
Yeah me too.
Listen, Anne. I'm preparing you.
I don't think it's going to work, going to mon he can this, weekend not for me
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But don't tell the kids. I want you all there.
No I've seen it worse.
But I can't remember it being quite so crazy, not since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Yeah me too. Let's finish this at home.


13:59 Don Tobin:
The landing of US troops in Saudi Arabia yesterday has met with a storm of criticism both at home and abroad, will have reports from Washington London and West Germany.
Good evening, I'm Don Tobin. This is CVN world news today.
The official Soviet news agency TASS today characterized the American deployment of troops in Saudi Arabia as a grave act of provocation against the Saudi people and a blatantly imperialist action to prop up the corrupt puppet government of King Fahd, unquote
In contrast, the White House has been relatively quiet day, no visitors, no press announcements, no sign of the President or his staff.
But not far away, was quite a different story as during Waldorf reports.

14:45 Dorian Waldorf:
According to the standards set by the peace movement, during the Vietnam War, this was hardly a demonstration at all.
But is one of the organizers who reminded me out that we will begin small, but decade to build up steam.

15:00 (Washington Demonstrator by Seymour Horowitz)
Now they're going to tell us about dominoes and all that stuff.
But this time the American people aren't going to buy it
I lost son lebanon
It has been anybody that has been able to tell me what he died for

15:13 Dorian Waldorf:
This is Dorian Waldorf, CVN News Washington

15:17 Don Tobin:
Or look at reaction outside the country.
From American allies, we go to Gordon Scott in London.

15:23 Gordon Scott (CVN UK from Trafalgar Square)
The size of the crowd surprised even the organizer with these campaign for nuclear disarmament.
In contrast to many demonstrations over the years in this venerable square, the mood today was grim, grave, sober.
Statements made today are anything to go on the Americans, who have traditionally thought of the English as their strongest ally, will have to look elsewhere for the support they seek their recent activities in the Middle East.
This is Gordon Scott, CVN News London.

15:54 Don Tobin:
Reaction of the Russians as a question that's been on everyone's mind.
Standing by in Washington we have CVN News senior correspondent Eric Sevareid and Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich.
First congressman Gingrich.
There's been a lot of controversy congressman as to whether the rapid deployment force was an appropriate response to this turmoil in the Middle East
What's your view?

16:17 Newt Gingrich (本人):
Don, this is the biggest crisis to face the Western alliance since either the Bay of Pigs or the blockade of Berlin.
We see radical government's taking over the Middle East.
We see a threat to the very life line for Japan and Western Europe.
We have our friends people who have been with us asking for our help.
And I think that we in America have to make the decision.
We're going to remain a world power for them to hold together the Western alliance.
We have to be capable of staying in places that are in trouble, in order to preserve that Alliance when it's under pressure.

16:50 Don Tobin:
Well isn't it, isn't it risky though couldn't be seen by the Soviet Union as a provocative act?

16:56 Newt Gingrich:
From the Soviet standpoint, they would love to have the oil fields.
There is a two or three hundred year history of the Russians back through the Czar's trying to seize this part of the world
For two centuries the British stop them.
We are now in the unenviable but real position that it's either the Americans, they're protecting freedom and helping the Western Europeans and the Japanese and keeping the free world live, or in fact the Soviets will take the fields

17:20 Don Tobin:
Congressman Gingrich, thanks very much.
We go now to CVN News senior correspondent Eric Sevareid.
Do you think that the Russians are going to be tempted by this reduction of NATO forces in Western Europe?

17:30 Eric Sevareid:
Don, in my own opinion, no.
Not in Europe for the simple reason of any move on their part would bring a solidly back into the creek.

17:40 Don Tobin:
Well do you think that the Kremlin feels its hand is being forced by these events?

17:44 Eric Sevareid:
Who knows?
But the ante has been upped and now it's their turn

17:47 Don Tobin:
Eric Sevareid, thank you.
Meanwhile far from the growing debate over this nation's course, American soldiers keep the vigil in a distant desert, and no doubt wonder where it all well.
And this has been CVN world news today
I'm Don Tobin
Thank you for joining us.


18:10 Don Tobin:
Good evening, I'm Don Tobin.
The Persian Gulf is the center of turmoil again today, as the Soviet-backed government of Oman has imposed a toll on all oil ships entering the Strait of Hormuz.
This toll has effectively created in the economic blockade with giant oil tankers waiting at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, uncertain what to do next.
Michael Boyle has a report

18:39 Michael Boyle:
Those empty tankers out there are waiting to pay ten thousand dollars a piece for the privilege of passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf.
Oman's new governing council announced the toll midnight last night.
Omani patrol boats have been out all day intercepting tankers and escorting them here.
Western diplomats are already calling the toll a Soviet engineered retaliation against the United States for sending troops into Saudi Arabia.

19:09 Don Tobin:
Reaction in Washington was swift and harsh language that we call the darkest days of the American-Soviet relationship.
The administration accused the soviet union of interfering with the right of free passage of ships entering the Persian Gulf.
Nancy Dickerson has a report from the State Department

19:27 Nancy Dickerson:
Soviet ambassador refused to comment on a letter given to him by Dean Glay, assistant secretary for Eastern European affairs.
The letter, signed by the secretary of state, flatly declares that the United States will not tolerate any limitations on the right of ships smoothly to enter and leave the Persian Gulf.
The letter leaves unanswered.
Gut issue, what is the administration prepared to do to back up its tough language.
Two things are certain.
One is that the administration is holding, Russia directly responsible for actions taken by the new government in Oman.
The other is that Soviet-American relations are bad and getting worse by the moment.

20:12 Don Tobin:
If the Soviets were tongue-tied in Washington, they made up for it in Moscow with a series of sharply worded denials and attacks
Barbara Levin has this report.

20:26 Barbara Levin (from Red Square)
The Soviet Union officially denied today that it's behind the tanker toll in the Persian Gulf.
This series of speeches at the Presidium, the Soviets accused the United States of upsetting the balance in the region, by what it called America's incursion into Saudi Arabia
Analysts here see the reference as the offer of a trade.
Get your forces out of Saudi Arabia and Oman will lift the toll.
This is Barbara Levin, CVN News Moscow.

20:53 Don Tobin:
Whether the United States government will consider this Soviet statement to be an offer to trade, is an interesting question.
For analysis, we go to our former ambassador to NATO Robert Ellsworth.
Ambassador Ellsworth, What about the Omani have put this ten-thousand-dollar toll on tankers going into the straight?
Is that important strategically consequential?
And what about your former colleagues and allies in NATO?
How are they gonna feel?

21:16 Robert Ellsworth ( former ambassador to NATO, 本人)
On this point my own view and I'm sure that the West Europeans particularly the French, Germans, and British is that it could be serious but that it's not serious enough to justify any kind of precipitate action.

21:37 Don Tobin:
And we just swallow the toll?

21:16 Robert Ellsworth:
Oh I think that would be a mistake.
I think that that would that would be caving in at the very beginning of the test of wills and would in fact have established the Soviets to and .. a major degree with a position of equality of control with regard to the Gulf that neither we nor the Europeans nor the Japanese would be ready to concede yet.

22:03 Don Tobin:
Ambassador, thank you.
There's an old colleagues are standing by a Boston who spent many an hour face to face with the Russians across the table and many another hour intensiveky examining how they think and how they act.
Professor Lincoln Bloomfield of MIT and he has served both in the State Department of National Security Council.
Lincoln, how do the Russians arrive at their security that their foreign policy?
What are they doing over there anything?

22:27 Lincoln Bloomfield (Prof, Political Science, MIT)
I wish we knew Don/
I go by a few basic principles.
One is that the Soviet leaders resemble a man going down a Hotel Carter and trying all the locked doors.
If one of them is open, watch out
If they're all locked, they're very cautious.

22:45 Don Tobin:
How many open doors are they going to find in that hotel which is another way of saying how far is this thing going to go?

22:27 Lincoln Bloomfield:
They must be sitting there calculating right now.
What are the people in the Situation Room of the White House planning, what kind of military deployments might the US make.
I think there are a lot of uncertainties and frankly it's a dangerous situation.

23:09 Don Tobin:
Thank you, Bloomfield in Boston
Just outside the Strait of Hormuz giant tankers wait to load on oil for Japan, for Western allies.
However the Omani toll has effectively stopped all traffic.
And the consensus of world energy experts is that this impasse has to come to an end.

23:35 Bob Calhoun:
Right during off the record, this isn't geared instantaneous crisis
23:40 Dorian Waldorf:
Great. Here are the Russians and us facing off with each other.
Nuclear warheads aimed at each other in the White House's the nuclear warheads.
23:50 Bob Calhoun:
That's not the problem.
23:52 Dorian Waldorf:
23:52 Bob Calhoun:
Well the system's overloaded too many hot spots
23:59 Dorian Waldorf:
I always told you the White House organization is our key.
24:01 Bob Calhoun:
You tell me a lot of things story
24:04 Dorian Waldorf:
What are you ladies charms is how you so awkwardly trying to change the subject?
24:09 Bob Calhoun:
Well there goes our romantic little dinner.
Thank you sacrifice for your country.
24:19 Dorian Waldorf:
Is the president bunkering in?
24:21 Bob Calhoun:
Not exactly
24:22 Dorian Waldorf:
What is the level with us?
24:24 Bob Calhoun:
Damn little level of.
24;25 Dorian Waldorf:
Wish I could belive you.
24:27 Bob Calhoun:
President is doing he's just not talking right now.
24:32 Dorian Waldorf:
I can hardly wait to your any point is going to be quite an adjustment.
24:36 Bob Calhoun:
How so?
24:37 Dorian Waldorf:
I want you out of the White House.
You can start telling the truth again.


25:10 (Staff 1)
Jesu. we got a war on.
25:30 (Staff 2)
Listening Go ahead
25:39 (Staff 1)
You got it
25:42 (Staff 3)
That's Control.
25:44 (Staff 2)
25:49 (Staff 3)
And your code?
Thank you.

23:54 (Announcer by Ray Landry):
This is a CVN News Alert.
We interrupt our scheduled program to bring you the following news bulletin.
Associated Press reports that American warplanes fought a pre-dawn battle over Saudi Arabia with unidentified fighter planes.
One US AWACS reconnaissance aircraft was shot down and fell into the Persian Gulf.
The fate of the crew is not known.
F-18 fighters attached to the united states central command force in Saudi Arabia engage the five intruding aircrafts after their approach was reported by the reconnaissance plane which was then shot down.
Two of the attacking planes, believed to be from either Iran or Kuwait, were hit and apparently destroyed.
The apparent target of the attack was the oil refinery at Ras Tanura where fires were started.
Stay tuned to CVN News as more information becomes available.

26:45 Don Tobin:
Americans were shot today anger the death for crewmen of the US AWACS aircraft shot down over the Persian Gulf.
The air battle took place in Saudi sArabia near the oil refinery at Ras Tanura.
Earlier today the Pentagon released the names of the dead airman.

27:03 John H. Keynes (Pentagon Spokesperson):
Saudi naval units will assist US Navy divers in an attempt to recover the bodies.
The dead are Major Allen Langhorne, San Diego, california,
Captain Homer F Loomis, Raymondville, Texas,
Captain Lyle N Gascho, Milwaukee wisconsin, and
Second lieutenant, Lawrence O. Smooth, Fot smith, Arkansas.

27:28 Don Tobin:
In San Diego, Matsu Yamata is with the parents of the dead pilot.
They are Angela and John Langhorne.

27:32 Matsu Yamada: (by Matsu Anderson)
At seven o'clock this morning a telegram from the Defense Department brought mr. and mrs. Langhorn news that their son Alan lost his life yesterday.
The AWACS aircraft, Allen was piloting, was shot down over the Persian Gulf.

27:48 Angela Langhorne:
My son you always told me Mom "I know what I'm doing. And I'm good at it. And I don't want you to worry because nothing's gonna happen to me."
I'm just so proud of him.

28:08 Don Tobin:
Washington. State Department source who asked not to be identified said that the raid was probably in retaliation against Saudi Arabia for inviting US combat forces into the region.
In Congress, the debate continues to heat up as Middle East tensions dominate the business of the nation's lawmakers.
Senator Eugene McCarthy is standing by at his office in Washington.
Senator as you know we've heard that this is the biggest American commitment overseas in the military power since Vietnam.
And you've seen how divisive it's being in the Congress.
If CVN News were to invest you with the leadership of the nation tonight, where would you take this from now on?

26:45 Eugene McCarthy (Former Senator, 本人)
My caution to the administration would be, they are to proceed very slowly before either committing the military power they have in the area, or in any way escalating the confrontation especially with the Russians in that area.

29:02 Don Tobin:
Well do you think that we should just sit still for this omani blockade and try to deal with it diplomatically, before we make any kind of military response particularly to that?

29:13 Eugene McCarthy:
I think that we have to go very slowly on this matter.
The Russians have a kind of, I suppose you say, a chip on their shoulders, or I would think a disposition to retaliate, since we interfered with their ships on the high seas at the time of the so-called cuban missile crisis.
That was the beginning
I think of the of the build-up of the Russian Navy

29:36 Don Tobin:
Are you predicting that there may be a naval response to this blockade and ...

29:39 Eugene McCarthy:
Well I think would have to come from the Navy.
It's a question of what kind of naval response we get, it were limited to surface ships without aircraft.
I think it might be quite easily be contained.
If we go beyond that to the use of the aircraft of carriers, then I think serious trouble could develop very quickly.

29:58 Don Tobin:
Senator McCarthy thank you very much.
There are now 21 tankers waiting to enter the Strait of Hormuz, 9 more than yesterday.
One tanker captain has threatened to ignore the toll and just sail his ship through the blockade
The Omani's have responded with patrol boats, armed with twenty-millimeter canons.
Question tonight.
Will the Omani's fire on such an unarmed vessel?
And will the united states have to implement a naval action to clear the blockade?
Whatever the answers they'll have to be accomplished quickly as the oil reserves for some of our allies begin to shrink.


30:49 Don Tobin:
American warships are steaming tonight toward the possible showdown at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
This action was announced in a statement issued only moments ago.
Our presidential press secretary James Otis.

31:04 James Otis (White House Press Secretary):
The united states naval carrier Nimitz and an attendant battle group of cruisers, frigates, and submarines have been ordered to proceed to the Persian Gulf.
The group will make certain that American merchant vessels are not hindered in the use of international sea lanes.
The president will address the nation at ten p.m. eastern standard time this evening.

31:29 Don Tobin:
We have some pictures of the battle group and the weapons the kind of military power that we're presenting.
The heart of this task force is the US naval carrier Nimitz, her compliments of Warplanes.
Carrier is surrounded by a protective screen of eight frigates and cruisers.
And as further security, an unknown number of hunter-killer submarines will sweep the seas ahead of the task force.
Most of the ships and planes of this formidable task force are equipped with nuclear weapons, cruise missiles and torpedo, is mostly low kilo tons yield, but still much larger than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Because of the gravity of events in the Middle East we are not going to report other news from around the country in the world tonight, so that we can concentrate on this rapidly expanding crisis paying particular attention to the most recent decision by the president.
Let's go right away for analysis to Washington and CVN News senior correspondent Eric Sevareid.

32:31 Eric Severeid:
Don, what we are witnessing quite simply is a serious escalation of military actions and reactions on both sides.

32:38 Don Tobin:
Now what do you think will the Russians do?
How will they read our latest move?

32:43 Eric Severeid:
Well our stated intention is to create a strong presence in the area in the hopes that the sea lanes will be opened without the use of force, that has not
32:51always worked for the US and the Soviets know it.
Whether they respond militarily and to what degree is uncertain, but they've got the field threat.

33:00 Don Tobin:
With this awesome array of technology lined up on both sides in the Gulf, where does that lead us?

33:05 Eric Severeid:
In something of a no man's land, we hope both sides are talking to each other.
We assume they're being very very careful.
We hope neither side misread a signal, misunderstands an intention, or perceives this rattling of savers as an act of aggression.
But here we are going eyeball to eyeball on the Strait of Hormuz.
It's going to take some very fancy footwork for both sides to get up and walk away from this.

33:29 Don Tobin:
Eric, thank you very much.
Little over two hours from now at ten p.m. eastern standard time.
The president will address the nation from the White House,
CVN News will be there to provide live coverage

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34:26 Dorian Waldorf:
So do I drive or walk?
34:32 Bob Calhoun:
No I'll be back.
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35:02 Bob Calhoun:
intelligence blonde on man he's been ripping ever since
35:11 Dorian Waldorf:
This is how we're gonna see each other from now on.
35:18 Bob Calhoun:
Sorry. Sheee.
35:21 Dorian Waldorf:
What's the matter?

35:24 Bob Calhoun:
This is a story you gotta get out
Satellite photograph across my desk tonight.
The border between Russia and Allies.
Two days ago whole area was jamming with activity
I mean trucks, tanks, mobile, rocket launchers, all around.
I think about today, tonight the new photos everything's gone, zero.
Everybody's out.
Dory could be a signal
35:49 Dorian Waldorf:
from the Russian?
35:50 Bob Calhoun:
yes yes maybe they're saying pull back we did
35:53 Dorian Waldorf:
The president has seen this picture?

35:55 Bob Calhoun:
Everybody's seen it.
Sll up and down the line what does that mean, does that mean
I think it's important
I don't know
I don't think they have time to think anymore
Signal-to-noise ratio in this horrendous

36:07 Dorian Waldorf:
Are you sure you want to do this one?
36:12 Bob Calhoun:
I don't have a choice
Here are the copies, one picture before, one after, an expert can see it real easy

36:17 Dorian Waldorf:
gonna want confirmation
36:22 Bob Calhoun:
Mow , source close to the president
36:25 Dorian Waldorf:
Two sources
36:26 Bob Calhoun:
Don't get caught up in your rules and all hell's gonna break loose
That's hot stuff dory
It should be on the air in half an hour

36:50 Announce:
Ladies and gentlemen the President of the United States

36:58 President:
My fellow Americans. our country is face today with a serious challenge.
We have been asked as a people to make a decision so important that how the world evolves the course it takes for the next century will almost surely depend on what we decide.
As your president and with the valued Council of the leaders of the Congress, the National Security Council and the members of my cabinet, I have made that decision
My decision is to make it absolutely clear to those who would impose unreasonable and crippling restrictions on vital commerce that such restrictions are unacceptable.
To make a decision which would send a signal that is one whit less clear less determined would be to abdicate America's responsibilities to the free world.
To give substance to this decision, I have ordered the need to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the Persian Gulf is open to shipping.
Ffurthermore, I have instructed the Selective Service Board to induct into the armed services all registrants who have reached their 20th birthday.
We seek no test of arms. our commitment to peace is matched only by our resolve that no nation greater small may hold other nations hostage to its greed for wealth or power.
God bless you and good night

38:59 (Director)
Okay don't tell us all about it.

39:02 Don Tobin:
Well the key is that the Navy can take whatever steps necessary.
Do you think that means that they've given the task force commander the right to make strategic decisions start a war.

39:11 (Director)
Let's find out what it does mean Frank

39:14 (Staff)
What I wish we could do is get through to someone close to the President and persuade them that we have got to get a man on board one of those ships in the task force.