Raising The Ante: U.S. Troops in the Persian Gulf

In nearly doubling the number of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, Bush acknowledges a paradox: to avoid war, one must be prepared to fight a war

Everyone still hopes no one has to go to war against Iraq. But the only chance of avoiding it -- perhaps -- is to scare Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. The only way to do that is to threaten war louder than ever and mean it -- and get into position to fight, not just defensively if Saddam is mad enough to start anything further, but offensively if need be to force him out. That was the essential meaning of President Bush's high-volume announcement last week that the U.S. is sending new forces to the gulf, perhaps 150,000 to 200,000 more,...

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