Advantage: The Alliance

Vast superiority in aircraft, tanks, training and logistics should help the U.S. score a quick knockout in a battle with Iraq

As the U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter-bomber lifted off from a Saudi airfield, deadly Sparrow and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles glistened beneath its wings. Not far away, in the Persian Gulf, sailors on the battleship Wisconsin ran through training drills with their 32 Tomahawk cruise missiles, each capable of hitting targets 700 miles away with a 1,000-lb. conventional warhead. At a desolate desert site in northeast Saudi Arabia, tanks of the U.S. 1st Marine Division blazed away in live-fire exercises. In the last nerve-racking hours before "K-day" -- the U.N.'s Jan. 15 deadline for Iraq to get out of Kuwait -- U.S....

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