The Battleground: Marching to A Conclusion

After Saddam rejects Bush's final ultimatum, the ground assault to free Kuwait begins in all its fury

The land war had already been under way for hours -- even days, if preliminary probing attacks were counted. But the final, massive and bloody phase of the conflict that began more than five weeks earlier had to be solemnized as only a President can do. So George Bush helicoptered from Camp David to the White House Saturday night for an appearance that was a kind of grim ritual.

Appearing before the cameras at 10 o'clock, the President looked somber, and his sentences were plain, devoid of any rhetorical flourish. Harking back to a Friday-morning appearance in the bright sunshine of...

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