Chapter OneThe Persian Gulf Theater
Winter 1991I calculated that it is only by a counterstrike that one can disrupt the enemy's preparation for a new offensive. To force the enemy to take the offensive earlier than at the time which he had set is more advantageous for us than to sit and wait until he is fully prepared.
-- Soviet General Vassili I. Chuikov, remarks regarding the Soviet offensive at Stalingrad, October 1942.
Early on the morning of January 17, 1991, the multinational Coalition arrayed against Saddam Hussein kicked off an air campaign the likes of which the world had never seen....