The Gulf: Who's In Charge There?

Divided chains of command in the gulf may work fine now, but an order to attack Iraq could lead to confusion

The commander of all U.S. forces in the gulf, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, firmly denies he has "any disagreement whatsoever with any agreement" between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. "Storm-in' Norman," as some of his detractors call him, dismisses published reports that he complained to the Pentagon about a Saudi request for veto power over future American action. He adds, "I participated in the formulation of the agreement."

True enough, but the basis for the deployment of nearly 100,000 U.S. troops -- so far -- on Saudi territory is defined in a memorandum just three pages long. Not only is the...

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