Anxiety Before the Storm

As the belief that war is inevitable sets in, Americans are gripped by a strange combination of resignation and resolve

Americans mostly wanted to change the channel. They may have been depressed and a little stunned to discover that they could not.

It had seemed a strange, unsatisfying story: The Iraqi came down like a wolf on the fold (Kuwait). The posse formed and then spent 5 1/2 months announcing what would happen to the wolf if it did not stop gnawing on the carcass.

The interval between August and January took on a peculiar unreality -- a psychological suspension, an air lock between Saddam's offense and the retaliation against him, between peace and war. The world went on hold. Disturbances...

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