Ready To Move In

U.S. forces could be primed to start fighting Iraq again in short order

If President Bush opts for a war with Iraq, how quickly can he have one? Pretty fast, it seems. It took the U.S. five months to build up forces before starting the war with Iraq in 1991. But they had to be drawn mostly from bases in Europe. With the cold war dead, most U.S. forces have left Europe for home. In the aftermath of the Gulf War, however, much of their gear has been relocated to a ring of bases set up in the Persian Gulf. Its proximity to the front line--and the fact that technology has made the military...

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