The Strange Death of Dual Containment

On September 3,1996, U.S. military force was used once again to attack Iraq, and once again the American president declared victory over Saddam Hussein. White House spokesmen explained how the discharge of $50 million in cruise missiles had humiliated the dictator in front of his troops, punished him for seizing a Kurdish city, and deterred him from future attacks on Kuwait. A few diplomatic squalls notwithstanding, Secretary of State Warren Christopher also took the occasion to assert that the international coalition against Iraq remained healthy.

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