Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Interesting article in the Washington Times on the U.S. military strategy.

First, the good news:

When war begins, coalition aircraft will release hundreds of precision munitions on key air defense and command targets. After a few days of air strikes to soften Iraqi resistance south of Baghdad, Army soldiers, led by the 3rd Infantry Division, and Marines from the 1st Expeditionary Force will move in blitzkrieg fashion north to Baghdad along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

Then the bad news:

Two key questions faced war planners on the eve of war:
Will a siege of Baghdad result in a quick surrender or brutal
urban combat, and will Saddam play his last card by using
chemical or biological weapons as his regime crumbles?

A Pentagon official said new intelligence reports indicate
that Iraqi divisions defending Baghdad's southern flank will
unleash chemical artillery shells at advancing coalition troops.
Iraqis also may attack their own civilians and blame the deaths
on the United States.

Then the heartening news that the Coalition of the Willing is expanding at breakneck speed:

Australian Prime Minister John Howard told his
countrymen that his government had committed 2,000 military
personnel to the coalition to disarm Iraq. Also, Polish President
Aleksander Kwasniewski told his country last night that he had
committed up to 200 of its soldiers.

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