Is Uncle Sam Being Suckered?

With the costs of Desert Shield likely to double, Congress fumes at those allies who seem to be weaseling out of their pledges to help

On any listing of subjects likely to arouse passion, accounting ordinarily might come in dead last. But nothing about the Persian Gulf crisis is ordinary, and some angry national and international arguments are breaking out about what, at least in part, are questions of accounting: How much more will the Pentagon really have to spend on Operation Desert Shield? Are certain allies, notably Saudi Arabia, getting rich from the crisis or actually losing money? Are others, pre-eminently Germany and Japan, falling behind even on their relatively piddling pledges?

The Pentagon brought these questions to the fore last week by disclosing that...

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