Title: "Bush Rules Out Shifting Now to Gulf Ground Campaign." Declaring himself very satisfied with the results of air attacks against Iraq, President Bush ruled out shifting to
a ground campaign now. (910211)
Translated Title: "Irak: Pas d`offensive terrestre pour le moment." (910211)
Author: SULLIVAN, ALEXANDER M (USIA STAFF WRITER)
02/11/91 1Ne Re BUSH RULES OUT SHIFTING NOW TO GULF GROUND CAMPAIGN (Receives briefing from Cheney, Powell) (400) By Alexander M. Sullivan USIA White House Correspondent
Washington -- Declaring himself "very satisfied" with the results of air attacks against Iraq, President Bush February 11 ruled out shifting to a ground campaign now.
Following more than an hour of briefings from Defense Secretary Cheney and General Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president told reporters in the White House Rose Garden that "the air campaign has been very, very effective and it will continue for awhile." He said he was not "talking about dates for adding to the air campaign."
Bush dispatched Cheney and Powell to Saudi Arabia over the past weekend to confer with military leaders on the scene and to provide him with an assessment of progress in the campaign to liberate Kuwait, now almost one month old.
Although Bush had said their trip was not a prelude to a decision on shifting to a ground war, published reports fueled speculation that the president was ready to move on the ground against Iraq's army, fourth largest in the world. Such a campaign apparently would involve classic tank battles of a sort not seen since World War Two.
"The war is going well," Bush said, asserting his "full confidence" in the field commanders for the 31-nation coalition. "We're going to take whatever time is necessary to sort out when a next stage might begin."
Bush said he would not discuss publicly the timing of the next stage of the war. "We're the ones that are going to set the time for any action that is taken," he said. "We are not going to suit anybody else's timetable -- whether he lives in Baghdad or anyplace else."
The president said the coalition is not targeting civilian facilities and said allied casualties have been lower than expected.
"I have always felt confident we are on the right path," the president said, and "I feel even more so now after this briefing. So we'll just continue down this road."
GE 2 SFF102 Cheney and Powell flanked the president as he spoke to reporters. In the background were other advisers, including Secretary of State Baker; Vice President Quayle; Brent Scowcroft, Bush's national security affairs adviser; and John Sununu, White House chief of staff. NNNN
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