White House Briefing for Congress on Iran and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
President Carter outlines United States actions, difficulties, and goals regarding the Iranian hostages; in particular, he praises the patience of the American people and admits the difficulty of a military operation. He then moves on to discuss the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, at one point calling it the 'most serious threat to world peace since the second World War.' He says that the US is acting in accord with her allies and with the United Nations, and Carter describes the economic and political action the US is taking to counter Soviet aggression. Topics from the question-and-answer period include relations with the Ayatollah Khomeini, handling a long-term Soviet threat, the sacrifice of American farmers, and news broadcasts in the Soviet bloc.