No. 52

23 September 1996

The Political Scene

The build-up of US forces in Kuwait and the Gulf has continued. But US policy has shifted significantly. Instead of threatening a "disproportionate" response to Iraq for firing missiles at US jets, the talk now is only of containment. President Clinton is treading a middle line to try to satisfy criticism of his Iraq policy from two opposing directions - from Arab and Western allies who have no appetite for further attacks on Iraq, and...