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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas                                Pagt 4 Nw Ttxas February 1991 World awaits the call to ground war So support for Bush war policy remains high By DONALD ROTHBERG AP Political WASHINGTON AP A gift shop operator in Michigan confesses she went from being a dove to a hawk A conservative Republican congressman frets that a ground war would send American troops into a meat Their contrasting views were shaped by the first month of the Per sian Gulf when the United States and its allies dominated the air and suffered few The air war also was prelude to a ground assault widely expected to sharply increase combat Pollsters and academics guess that if a ground war Americans will rally around the flag and their presi But how long that support will last is as difficult to predict as war A lot of this is simply going to be event said Frank editorinchief of the Gallup What happens How quickly does it move But I wouldnt anticipate as a professional pollster that we would find an immediate negative Current polls show strong support for the president and his policy to reverse the Iraqi takeover of A Washington PostABC News poll said 78 percent of Americans approve of the decision to go to a level of support remarkably consistent since the fighting began on A New York TimesCBS News survey put the presidents approval rating at 78 But within those overall approval numbers were signs of nervousness over a ground For the New York TimesCBS poll found that while 71 percent expected a ground war to 79 percent said they wanted to continue the air war a few Iraq may have night vision E WASHINGTON AP Iraq 5 obtained night vision built American from a Dutch r firm that apparently sold it jgovernment and corporate officials The Pentagon is investigating how Iraq got the key elements of which were supplied by Hughes Aircraft in Los Richard a Hughes spokes the company was kind of hoodwinked because it believed the infrared imaging sensors it agreed to sell Delft Instruments in Hol were destined for the Dutch But a official familiar with the case said a considerable amount of night visionequipment was shipped to Iraq through a Delft subsidiary in as well as through other We also know some of that equip ment had a said the offi who spoke on condition of The imaging which detect the infrared rays given off by warm objects such as machines or can be mounted on tanks or missiles or can stand Dore said Hughes sold the sensors to which made a range of end The United States has suspended all weapons contracts between Ameri can suppliers and Delft Instruments pending the outcome of the investiga according to officials at the State and Defense We have informed the Dutch gov ernment that all munitions licenses to Delft have been the offi cial Dore said deliveries of sensors for infrared imaging systems to Delft were halted in two months after Hughes learned of an investiga tion by the Pentagons Defense Tech nology Security Hughes is cooperating with the probe and is not accused of any military officials have said the allies have an big advantage over Iraqi troops in the Persian Gulf War because of its sophisticated night vision The Iraqis nightvision capability is very Barry commander of the 24th Mechanized Infantry said in CARPET CLEANING more Andrew director of lurveyi for Times Mirror said Bush has as much support u any presi dent weve seen in a long He and Newport pointed out that Americans they questioned anticipate higher but say they would support the war But Newport noted that people often change their minds when the reality If indeed this stretches to Memor ial Day and to July the question is really going to be patience and cohe and up to now the American public has shown tremendous cohesion and tremendous said Democratic pollster Peter Does that change I think time can wear that Mark down Kathy Adams as an early skeptic who now is strong back er of Bushs I went from being a dove to a hawk said who operates a gift shop in Traverse In early she said of Bush I never would have guessed him to be this aggressive and this hard I hope he has a sane enough reason for Now Adams sees Bushs firmness as a big He is aggressive and is more than the milquetoast type he appeared to even normally hawkish con servatives are expressing misgivings about losing American lives in a ground For the alternative to a ground war is even less accept able of nuclear weapons to dis lodge the Iraqi If we are going to send our ground troops into a meat grinder we should use whatever weapon we have said Dan Escalation of clashes may mean IGDay near Showing support The children from Happy Days Day Care gather on the centers prop erty for a patriotic salute during a recent rally in support of American servicemembers in the Middle Among the special features of the rally was the formation of a living in which children dressed in white or blue took positions on the hillside to form an American Photo by Erik Karlsson AP BpNlM Cof respondent Snidi Arabia AP In barren border encampments and ornate halls of the war vigil ticked today toward 0Day stan of the allied ground offen sive in the Arabian An escalat ing series of clashes suggested the call to battle was Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz was expected in Moscow today with an answer from President Saddam Hussein to a Soviet peace proposal President Bush was reported to have told Mikhail Gor bachev that the proposal needs addi tional conditions to be acceptable to the United In official Bagh dad radio announced that Saddam was to deliver an important speech to the nation this It gave no further but the address appeared timed to coincide with Aziz expected arrival in Iraqi media said today that Saddam and his inner the Revolutionary Command had studied the Soviet proposal and decided on a In a military the Baghdad government said Iraq is a sincere advocate of But todays Baghdad newspapers took a warlike All Iraq is one said the staterun paper They are all ready for the the fier cest battle After two nights of heavy bom weary residents of Bagh dad had a night free of allied air The Iraqi occupiers of Kuwait did In a midday Iraqs military said the allies had carried out more than 320 raids on military targets in the southern war zone over the past 24 hours more than thrfe times the number reported the The Iraqi communique ali claimed Iraqi forces inflicted stantial tones on the allies with i sile strikes on frontline As of early allied manders in Saudi Arabia had At offered reporters any information 6n new though the French said their Jaguar fighters has targeted artillery units in Iraq and southern Kuwait s On the military reported intensified fighting along tn northern Saudi including artillery duels and allied incursions into enemy In one Iraq lost five 20 artillery pieces arid an unspecifiejd amount of while one American was killed and seven wounded by Iraqi the military command said In another two teams of Army each composed of a Kiowa scout and an Apache destroyed a complex of more than a dozen Iraqi bunkers across the border Wednesday capturing 476 Iraqi the command Iraq today called the mass surrender claim a saying such things only happen in American commanders refused to say whether the two engagements took place in or near Kuwait or Iraq and would not name the units Military analysts have said a key ele ment of a ground assault could be an allied end run through southern Iraq to cut off Saddams forces in In another allied the com mand said aircraft hammered a cluster of Iraqi vehicles parked in 60 miles north of the destroying 28 26 other vehicles and three big SERVICE 1211322 ectlls evis The best of the always valuepriced at Bealls vis denim jeans Theyve been a part of your life for lonjj as you can Sturdj And a terrific fit every iluname youve come to rely And isn i ii nice to know you can depend on for valiiipriced day Wve three of your sixes 2 SI7 liooicul in SOI 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