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Wednesday, April 02, 2003

 

A Change in the Wind?


(Cross-posted from The Command Post Op-Ed)

There's a subtle change in the news wind. Up until yesterday, a lot of questions were bandied about by the news media - rather notably in some cases - over the success/failure of the war plan. Overnight, things seem to be moving a different direction. Even just a qick perusal of the headlines shows some differences:

From UPI:
Analysis: Republican Guard's last stand
Analysis: Victory beckons U.S. troops
Commentary: Cracks in Iraq's resistance

From UK Telelgraph:
Fanatics forced into hopeless fight

From FOX:
Civilians 'Increasingly Willing' to Support Allies in South

From the Toronto Star:
Franks' military plan becoming clear: Phase 1 completed as general intended


What only yesterday seemd to be bogging down into quagmire is beginning to emerge as a classic case of indirect warfare. Like a pulling guard throwing a block to spring the running back, Coailtion forces pinned Saddam's troops in Basra and Umm Qasr, allowing the 3rd Infantry and the Marines to race across the desert behind them toward Baghdad in record time. Meanwhile, other troops secured the northern flank and captured airfields in the west to aid the logistical battle. The 82nd Airborne dropped in behind the front line troops to secure overland supplies. All of this manuevering takes time, and I believe was wrongly interpreted by the press as unanticipated resistance by the Iraqis or a lack of foresight by Coalition war planners.

But now the supply lines are secure, the Iraqi forces have been softened up, main battle units have caught up with their forward scouts, supply points close to Baghdad have been secured and the Coalition appears ready to begin the push into Baghdad. It's FAR from over. There will certainly be more casualities on both sides. It seems to me, however, the tide is beginning to turn, and the result does not bode well for Saddam. It will be interesting to see the headlines from the next few days.

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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