FACING DOWN A DESPOT

AS DIPLOMACY FALTERS AND HIS ALLIES BALK, CLINTON MAY HAVE TO GO IT ALONE WITH AN AIR STRIKE AGAINST SADDAM

Ever had a nightmare that you're back in school taking the big exam? Bill Clinton is having one of those right now: he's trying to pass a test in which every possible answer seems wrong. But the President's bad dream is all too real. And it has a name: Saddam Hussein. When the Iraqi nemesis bared his fangs at Clinton and the U.N. last week--expelling American weapons inspectors from Iraq, threatening to shoot down U-2 surveillance planes and daring the world to do something about it--he precipitated the gravest international crisis of Clinton's presidency. American and U.N. officials believe Saddam blocked...

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