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But only two-thirds of its members would even agree to a statement denouncing the invasion. The President realized that King Fahd would have to be convinced. He directed Cheney and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Colin Powell, to brief Prince Bandar bin Sultan. , on the extent of the danger to the kingdom and on the proposed American response. Talking to Bandar first was an important decision that Florida Guardsman bids a tearful farewell to his children. " A former ble about militai) affairs.

S. troops, there were no teeth in his threat. Saddam knew as well as Schwarzkopf that the no position to take the offensive. Convinced that Iraq was not taking him seriously, the President announced the reinforcement to send a more forceful signal. Even as James Baker was hurrying through the Middle East, Soviet Union and Europe in pursuit of a diplomatic solution, Bush was announcing that the strategy had changed. " The second reason behind Bush's ambiguity was the necessity of addressing different audiences.

Antiwar feelings picked up. The prospect of war had not been a big issue during the political campaign. Announcing a major switch in strategy just after Election Day aroused some hostile reactions on Capitol Hill. With Congress in the middle of a two-month post- and quite probably Saddam Hussein himself. S. " His claim that "we're prepared to give sanctions time to work" sounded almost soothing until he further bewildered Americans, listeners allies by saying that "the sand is running through the glass" for Iraq.

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