GULF SHOCK WAVES

THE BOMB IN SAUDI ARABIA RAISES TWO QUESTIONS: HOW SAFE WERE THE TROOPS? HOW SAFE IS THE REGIME?

In the steamy darkness of a summer night on the Persian Gulf, Staff Sergeant Alfredo Guerrero was making the rounds of the observation posts under his command. He stepped onto the roof of one of the apartment buildings at the Khobar Towers near Dhahran and said hello to the two other members of the U.S. Air Force security police posted there. Then something caught his eye. Below he saw a white Chevrolet Caprice pulling into a public parking lot adjacent to the compound. Nothing odd about that, but the car was being followed closely by a large tanker truck, and the...

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