Reading The Fine Print

Two weeks ago, Saddam Hussein issued a withdrawal plan loaded with conditions that would permit him to pose as an Arab hero. He demanded Israel's withdrawal from the occupied territories and both war reparations and debt forgiveness for Iraq. His latest offer had much narrower aims: to save his military and his own hide. He hoped to have his army exit Kuwait with as much hardware as possible. And to minimize grumbling at home about the cost of his Kuwait adventure, he sought a quick end to the U.N. embargo. But this time it was the U.S., speaking on behalf of...

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