Who Invited This Guy, Anyway?

As the Soviet Union slips from superpower status, some folks in the Pentagon must be dying to yell "We won!" GENERAL MERRILL MCPEAK came close. Visiting Moscow recently, the Air Force Chief of Staff addressed several hundred top Soviet air force officers, who were hoping to hear his thoughts on adjusting . to the postnuclear era. Instead, McPeak spent much of his time describing the brilliant performance of the U.S. Air Force in the gulf war before musing, "In war, defeat is a better instructor than victory." O.K., so far. But then he added, "This is probably a Russian saying."


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!