Military Front: Administration officials said they saw little hope for peace as the deadline for U.N-sanctioned force approached. "It's no longer a question of whether, but when," a senior White House official said.
Officials said there is great uncertainty even in the upper echelons of government. "Everybody's looking for signs," said one official. "The prevailing opinion seems to be that things are imminent, but there's a counteropinion that it may drift a few days."
A Defense Department spokeman said Iraq continues to beef up its forces in Kuwait and said U.S. troops are "ready to execute any order we might receive from the President." The Pentagon's "war room" is being fully staffed around the clock, and communications with U.S. and allied forces in the Persian Gulf are constant.
In Israel, the commander of the air force said he expects his warplanes will soon be drawn into a war with Iraq, and he warned Jordan that there is no way for those planes to approach Iraq except over Jordanian airspace.