It is time that we stop treating the perpetual Persian Gulf crisis as an international issue. There has been only one international question surrounding Saddam Hussein's belligerence, and that was resolved by all concerned eight years ago when a coalition of diverse nations and international organizations joined together to maintain the status quo in the Persian Gulf by force.
The December 1998 campaign of cruise-missile strikes and bombing does not signal any change. The cast of international characters remains the same. The agenda of international issues remains constant—and with each passing year, the maintenance of that international status quo grows increasingly expensive and violent. The real issue is a domestic one: the direction of U.S. technology strategy. It is a question of profound importance, and one that has been conspicuously absent from the public discourse to date.