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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 10, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Oct 10 1994 50 cents forces arriving in Gulf today Catandmouse game again WASHINGTON AP The first major air and naval forces were arriving in the Persian Gulf region today to try to deter Saddam Hussein from a repeat of his 1990 invasion of Kuwait Defense Secretary William Perry said Perry said more than 200 Air Force warplanes were arriving in the Gulf area today and a Navy carrier battle group entered the Red Sea in addition to American ground combat troops now com mitted to reinforcing tiny Kuwait In an unconfirmed report Iraqs ambassador to the said today that Baghdad was ordering troops to withdraw from Kuwaits border area That raises the specter of the catandmouse game Sad dam Hussein played dur ing the Gulf war Perry said an unspeci fied number of ground forces already had arrived there Were putting forces there that are sufficient to soundly and decisively defeat any military moves he would Perry said today If he sees that force if he understands that we are prepared to use that force then he should be deterred from any military Perry added If he continues in the direction hes it looks like the same s going buildup in many ways almost an identical buildup to what he did when he invaded Kuwait he said in the Persian Gulf The United States sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf on Saturday after Saddam Hussein sent tens of thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border Air Force ground crew members check over an A10 tank killer at Pope Air Force Base near Fayetteville N C Sun day as they prepare for deployment to the Persian Gulf AP photo Battle group flexes muscle KUWAIT AP The Crown Prince told an emer gency session of Parliament today that Kuwaitis have nothing to fear as more American troops arrived in the Red Sea to blunt a buildup of Iraqi troops near Kuwaits border The military situation has changed a lot in Kuwaits favor and it will continue doing so in the coming said Sheik Saad alAbdullah alSabah who is also prime minister The aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its battle group began patrolling the Red Sea today forming a vise around Iraq with a naval task force in the Persian Gulf and doubling air and missile firepower in the region naval forces are now deployed on both sides of the Arabian Peninsula to counter a 5dayold Iraqi mil itary move toward the Kuwait border While Sheik Saad told citizens that there is no rea son for worry or there were signs of growing concern about the Iraqi actions among the million population The arrival of the carrier George Washington which can carry 60 combat planes and could launch cruise missiles against targets in IraQ reinforces British and French aircraft based in Saudi Arabia and Turkey since the 1991 Gulf War Defense Secretary William Perry told AP Network News today that an unspecified number of ground forces already have arrived in Kuwait Were putting forces there that are sufficient to soundly and decisively defeat any military moves hfe would Perry said Army Air Force Navy Marines on the move By The Associated Press Units identified for deployment ARMY soldiers from 24th Infantry Division Mechanized from Fort Stewart Ga About 180 soldiers to man two Patriot missile batteries from Fort Polk La AIR FORCE airmen to support various aircraft being sent into the region The 23rd Composite Air Wing from Pope Air Force Base including 24 AlOs 18 F16s 14 C 130s and several C141 transports Nine F15Cs from the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base Va Two U2s from the 9th Recon naissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base Calif Two RC135s from the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base Omaha Neb Additional Airborne Warning and Control AWACS radar planes KC10 and KC135 tankers and C141 transports are also being dispatched to join those already in the region among them electronic warfare EFlllAs C21 and C12 cargo planes P3 surface surveillance aircraft and a wide variety of helicopters NAVY AND MARINE CORPS Marines from Camp Pendleton Calif Aircraft carrier USS George Washington with a force of and its battle group the cruiser USS San Jacinto destroyer USS John Barry auxil iary ship Kalamazoo In the Persian Gulf region Cruiser USS Leyte Gulf Destroyer USS Hewitt Frigates USS Davis USS Reid and USS Hall Marine Amphibious Ready Group including the USS Tripoli USS Cleveland USS Fort McHenry and USS Rushmore and auxiliaries USS Mars and USS Pecos with about Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked Five Marine preposition ships carrying weapons and supplies from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean are headed to the Gulf along with a dozen similar Army ships from the same site About 300 Marines from the First Expedi tionary Force and about 100 sailors from the Navy Support Element a Camp Pendleton were to depart Sunday putting its foot down quickly WASHINGTpN AP This time officials say therell be no confusion over Iraqi aggres sion And they hope Saddam Hus sein wont blunder again and dis count American resolve to use sure and deadly force We have really planned for this Secretary of State War ren Christopher said Sunday from Jerusalem If Saddam is foolish enough to invade Kuwait he would pay a horrendous Christopher told ABCs This Week With David The administration has moved swiftly both in rhetoric and mili tary firepower to warn Saddam that he faces certain destruction if he sends his troops across the bor der into Kuwait as he did in August 1990 Then perhaps Saddam didnt believe the United States had die will to fight After all the United States had supported him includ ing providing military and nuclear technology in his war with Iran ThenAmbassador April Glaspie had statements appearing to indicate that the United States wouldnt get involved in Iraqs territorial dis putes And thousands of American business people and engineers were in Iraq a huge pool of potential hostages He was wrong but it would be months before the Bush adminis tration could move a viable force into Saudi Arabia and come to the realization mat diplomatic pres sure had little effect on Baghdads ruler On Aug 2 the day of the inva sion President Bush did send the carrier USS Independence and its sixship escort from the Indian Ocean to the Persian Gulf and on Aug 7 he ordered the first Ameri can troops to Saudi Arabia By Aug 13 he had committed of the troops who would eventually be deployed to the Gulf and on Aug 1 he called up the first group of reserves to active Navy began interdicting Iraqi oil shipments But the emphasis in those early days was still on a nonmilitary solution Both the United States and the United Nations imposed econom ic embargoes and Washington scrambled to bring the Arab states into an antiSaddam coalition Jor dans King Hussein flew to Wash ington to mediate the confrontation Saddam bolstered by proIraq demonstrations in the capitals of Jordan and other Arab nations said he would leave Kuwait if Israel withdrew from the occu pied territories This time Saddam determined to bring an end to international sanctions on his country might have seen a new president weakened by political troubles at home and leery about involve ment in yet another foreign crisis Some people have postulated that he may mink we are distract ed by Haiti that we will not have the will to Defense Secretary William Perry said on CBS Face the Thats a very bad judgment on his part if he believes Just as he misread Bush and thought he was a paper tiger now he has misread Clinton as said Col Harry G Summers a military analyst with the Army War College Clinton has had missteps in peacekeeping missions but has been firm about maintaining wartighting capabilities in Europe and the Mideast Sum mers said Saddam Hussein has missed he said White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta said Clinton has sent a very clear message to Saddam Hussein that we are not going to allow the mistakes of the past to be repeated and that we will take action I dont think he ought to underestimate the resolve or the will of the United States to take action if in fact he crosses that Asked if this time forces might complete the mission of eliminating Saddam Panetta repeated Were not going to repeat the mistakes or the Inside todays Tribune Business Classified Dr Local News of ;