On The Warpath

Spreading confusion about his plans, Bush escalates his verbal offensive against Saddam Hussein -- and then pulls back

"Darn," said President Bush last week to express his indignation about Saddam Hussein's mistreatment of his U.S. hostages. "The American flag is flying over the Kuwait embassy, and our people inside are being starved by a brutal dictator. Do you think I'm concerned about it? You're darn right I am. And what am I going to do about it? Let's just wait and see. Because I have had it with that kind of treatment of Americans."

If that was not exactly the most warlike battle cry ever issued, it was typical of a week of confusing and contradictory signals on whether...

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