Thursday, February 12, 2004

Saddam before the War 

The New York Times has a fascinating article about Saddam's plans for defending his regime prior to the invasion. But, a red flag was raised when I read this:
Mr. Hussein believed that a "casualty averse" White House would order a bombing campaign that Iraq could withstand, according to the secret report, prepared for the Pentagon's most senior leadership and dated Jan. 26. And the Iraqi Defense Ministry, in a grand miscalculation, believed that any ground offensive would come across the Jordanian border.
Emphasis added. This makes no sense. I, with absolutely no knowledge of desert warfare outside the ramblings of Walter Sopchak and the Playstation2 Desert Storm game, knew that when choosing between which autocratic dictatorship to launch our attack on a different totalitarian dictatorship, we'd use Kuwait, not Jordan. I mean, Jordan didn't even technically support our invasion, right? Weird. Nevertheless, the article is very interesting.

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