The World: Excursion in the Persian Gulf

Arab leaders such as King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Algerian President Houari Boumedienne quite naturally decry the idea of U.S. interposition in the Middle East because of oil. Just as naturally, U.S. strategists charged with providing responses to any conceivable politico-military situation are weighing alternatives for intervention in the event of a strangling oil embargo. Two such experts with access to the thinking of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have pieced together a composite of these alternatives and filtered it out to other analysts. The composite represents high-level rumination rather than a final, actual blueprint. But it is couched in...

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