Mission Impossible

A Pentagon report raises questions about keeping the Marines in Lebanon

The report, prepared by a five-man commission appointed by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, had been ready for nearly a week.

But the date set for its public release kept slipping. Press briefings were promised, then canceled. Finally, with no advance notice, President Reagan stepped into a largely empty White House briefing room and stole some of the report's expected thunder. With his flak for drama, Reagan announced, "If there is to be blame, it properly rests here in this office and with this President. I accept responsibility for the bad as well...

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