'We're At War'

Washington builds a global coalition and prepares for military action in Afghanistan

The deliberate and deadly attacks that were carried out against our country," President Bush said the day after the hijackers turned planes into missiles, "were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war." On cue, by Friday CNN was billing its coverage "America's New War," and Secretary of State Colin Powell was vowing that America would use "all the tools and weapons at our disposal" to fight it.

The rhetoric of war has always come trippingly off the tongue. But as soldiers know, the reality of war is a fog of confusion. And this war may be foggier than...

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