The U.S. And Iraq: `We've Got A Game Of Chicken Going'

Saddam Hussein just won't lie low. In recent weeks, the Bush Administration tried to ignore him, preferring to focus on the troubled Soviet Union. But Saddam has been flexing his muscles, sending Iraqi troops across Kuwait's borders. At the same time, he has been stiffing U. N. teams sent to inspect Iraq's chemical and nuclear weapons facilities under terms of the Gulf cease-fire. On Sept. 18, an exasperated George Bush ordered U. S. Air Force units to Saudi Arabia to back up the inspectors. If Saddam doesn't open up his sites, the U. S. threatens to blow them up. Says Clyde R. Mark, a Middle East specialist at the Congressional Research Service: "We've got a game of chicken going."

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