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Baghdad Sideshow

Can someone explain to me how bombing Saddam’s empty palaces is going to help win the war? I know that isn’t all that is going by any means–but it’s always hyped on TV like these strikes are major events. Seems to me that shock & awe, by its very precision, could be having the opposite effect of the one intended. Some Iraqi information ministry guy was just standing outside in the middle of downtown Baghdad during a raid explaining that it wasn’t scaring anyone–precisely because he knew there was no chance he could get hurt. The main event is those Republican Guard divisions, and its unlikely any psychological effect is going to make them stand down, short of them getting stone, cold beaten.


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