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N. Korea, Iraq Threats Cited To Back Strategy

Thu., April 27, 1995, midnight

A senior Pentagon official defended the Clinton administration’s two-war strategy Wednesday, saying the nightmare scenario almost came true last year.

John Hamre, the Pentagon’s top budget planner, told a defense conference that the current strategy of being able to fight two major regional conflicts simultaneously was vindicated by dangerous developments last year.

Last June, the Defense Department dispatched more troops and equipment to the western Pacific as tensions rose with North Korea over that nation’s alleged nuclear weapons development. Then last fall, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein dispatched his elite Republican Guard forces to the Kuwaiti border region, prompting President Clinton to order the deployment of thousands of ground troops.

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