From The Publisher: Jan. 21, 1991

General Calvin Waller may have been uncertain whether all American troops will be ready when the Persian Gulf deadline passes this week, but TIME's small journalistic army is fully prepared. The deadline makes this a "weird" conflict, remarks chief of correspondents John F. Stacks. "Other wars developed by accretion or else suddenly, like Pearl Harbor. This long period of getting ready is nerve-racking." But at least it allowed Stacks time to deploy his forces.

From the Cairo bureau, Dean Fischer has been posted to the Saudi Arabia theater. Also on hand last week were Pentagon correspondent Bruce van Voorst, editor at...

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