Thunder In The Desert: The Strategy And Tactics Of The Persian Gulf War
By James Blackwell
Bantam Books, 1991, 252 pp.
These two books by CNN's military analysts during the Gulf War demonstrate how much a fixture in foreign affairs the network has become. A retired air force general and West Point classmate of General Norman Schwarzkopf, Smith has written an engaging account of his encounter with a new tribe, the electronic media. Blackwell's reporting of the war, from sitzkrieg to "Schwarzkrieg," is as upbeat as befits the military outcome. The allies were good people moved by a good cause, and American forces fought the war more unified than ever before; the Goldwater-Nichols act had vested control in the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Colin Powell, and especially the theater commander, Schwarzkopf. As regards weaponry: "The good news is that everything worked. The bad news is that we still cannot afford it all."