Desert Fox Has Saddam Backed Into A Corner

When President Bill Clinton launched Operation Desert Fox against Iraq in December, one of his biggest bets was that the three-day bombing campaign would not drastically upset U.S. strategic relations in the Middle East. It looked iffy: Moderate Arab states Egypt and Saudi Arabia, key members of the grand coalition against Saddam Hussein in the 1991 Persian Gulf war, both distanced themselves from the attacks. Riyadh, for one, refused to allow Saudi bases to be used, while anti-U.S. demonstrations rocked Arab capitals from Cairo to Damascus. It seemed as if Saddam might win Arab hearts and minds.

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