The Political Interest: Waiting for the Pretext

Waiting for the Pretext

It feels like the Falklands. During the weeks it took London's strike force to reach the South Atlantic in 1982, a flurry of diplomatic activity failed to avert war. Like George Bush in the current crisis, Britain's Margaret Thatcher refused to reward Argentina's aggression with a face-saving compromise, and Argentine President Leopoldo Galtieri compounded his original miscalculation by insisting that "the British won't fight."

; "An interesting analogy," says a Bush Administration official. "Like Galtieri, Saddam seems to think we are too soft to fight unless he invades Saudi Arabia. He figures we'll eventually tire of sitting in the desert and...

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