Footnotes From the Front: An up-to-the-minute briefing on the Persian Gulf crisis

Footnotes From the Front: An up-to-the-minute briefing on the Persian Gulf crisis

RAISING THE FLAG

Concerned that the Saudis might somehow view U.S. troops as an occupying force, some overzealous field commanders had ordered troops to remove flag patches from their uniforms. But the American Civil Liberties Union protested to Defense Secretary Dick Cheney about a potential infringement of First Amendment rights. Since then, the Stars and Stripes have quietly reappeared.

SORRY, THE PARKING LOT IS FULL

How large is the military-aircraft presence in Saudi Arabia? One indication: the Pentagon was forced to turn down a Dutch offer to send a squadron of F-16s to the area because there is no space left...

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