Desert Storm's Troops: Triumphant Return

Desert Storm's troops get a hero's welcome for a victory that changes America's place in the world

The war was a defining moment, everyone thought.

What exactly did it define?

-- The end of the old American depression called the Vietnam syndrome -- the compulsive pessimism, the need to look for downsides and dooms?

-- The birth of a new American century -- onset of a unipolar world, with America playing the global cop?

-- Another chapter in an age of astonishments that has brought down the Berlin Wall, ended the cold war and begun preliminary work on the disintegration of the Soviet Union?

-- The first post-nuclear big war, almost as quick and lethal as one with...

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