Gung Ho in the Gulf

Despite concern in Congress over the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf, Americans appear to be strongly in favor of that policy. In a poll taken for TIME last week by Yankelovich Clancy Shulman,* supporters of the use of U.S. military escorts for reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers outnumbered opponents by almost 2 to 1. Some of those sentiments, however, are based on erroneous information: 85% said the escorts were important to "protect oil shipments going to the U.S." In fact, most of the petroleum products carried in the U.S.-escorted vessels are bound for Western Europe and Japan.

FOOTNOTE: *Conducted by...