The Night That Bush Decided

George Bush, as is his habit at times of crisis, escaped the White House on Thursday for a bit of what he calls "prudent recreating" -- an evening at Ford's Theater to see Black Eagles, a play about black airmen in World War II. Says one of his top advisers: "I think it helped clear his mind" for what he knew would be one of the most fateful decisions of his presidency.

Shortly before Bush departed for the show, he had spoken with Mikhail Gorbachev, who reported that he and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz had agreed on terms for Iraq...

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