The Gulf: And On This Map We See . . .

Granted only limited access to the action, reporters scramble around the Middle East to cover the crisis

For diplomats and military strategists, the key question arising from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait was this: Could the crisis be resolved without war? For the nation's TV networks, there was a question of almost equal moment: Which would be first to get a correspondent into Baghdad?

The first puzzle remains unanswered, but not the second. In a coup that left its rivals seething, ABC last Wednesday proudly displayed a tape of Nightline's Ted Koppel conducting a softballing 50-minute interview with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz. "Scoops are getting harder and harder to get," said Koppel, who had arrived in Baghdad the...

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