After the first week of the Persian Gulf War, President Bush said "Operation Desert Storm is right on schedule" and vowed, "We will stay the course, and we will succeed." Vice President Quayle toured East Coast military bases and held "very emotional" meetings with families of missing or captured troops.
Government officials and media executives accused each other of misleading the public about the course of the war as early euphoria has given way to sobering reassessments.
A vast network of "super bunkers" designed and built by Western companies are protecting Iraq's war planes and much of its sophisticated military hardware. Saddam Hussein could survive for at least a year in the luxurious bunker beneath the presidential palace, according to its German planners.
Responding to pressure from abroad and increasing guilt among the Japanese people, Prime Minister Kaifu has decided to increase Japan's financial support for the U.S.-led allies by $9 billion. German Chancellor Kohl announced immediate financial and moral support for Israel and scolded anti-American demonstrators who have filled the streets of German cities.
The initial concentration of allied firepower on Iraq has raised the possibility among analysts that, in addition to the stated aim of pushing Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, the United States aims to drastically reduce Iraq's military power and bring less threatening leadership to Baghdad.