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Saturday, March 22, 2003
 
Again it seems to me as if the entire U.S. military plan had been that Iraqi forces would simply fold up in the first few hours of the war. I don't think that we were prepared to fight it through to the end. Rather, we were expecting that Saddam would flee the country once the shooting started, or that his regime would collapse soon after the first shot. It's not turning out that way.

Now, we rush to Baghdad. We do not pacify the cities we leave to our rear before doing so.

In the end, I would like to see a swift victory for the U.S. But the more I see, the more I am convinced that the political leadership of the U.S., namely George Bush and his coterie, have cocked it all up.
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Thursday, March 20, 2003
 
The moral of this story is don't bluff like you've got a royal flush when all you've got is trip threes.
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Bush Administration Questions Hussein Video

So, no "shock and awe," peace protesters everywhere, and we're reduced to saying that we "really" did kill Saddam.

Don't believe your eyes. Bush was assassinated last night at 7:00 pm EST. The guy on TV was a double.
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I haven't blogged in a while, but the commencement of hostilities in Iraq somehow compels me to put my thoughts down, at least so I'll remember them later.

It seems to me that things are already unraveling. This morning's attempt to "decapitate" the Iraqi leadership structure, coupled with the lack of any other military initiative, suggests to me that the strategy of the Bush administration all along has been a bluff. They hope that the Iraqi regime will simply fold under the pressure.

I'm led to this belief by the president's earlier bluff with regard to calling a vote in the Security Council. He bluffed, the French called, Bush folded.

So, in the end, I hope that we do, in fact, have a plan to subdue Iraq, and that we're not just hoping that harsh language from a known bluffer will carry the day. Sadly, though, with all the talk of psy-ops, with all the saber rattling, I think that the administration just expected Saddam's regime to fold up and blow away.
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