Skip to comments.Study ties Hussein, guerrilla strategy (Boston Globe Says Saddam Smarter Than Rumsfeld)
Posted on 10/11/2004 1:20:57 PM PDT by Lance Romance
WASHINGTON -- The ''shock and awe" attack that toppled Saddam Hussein in three weeks is often touted as a brilliant strategy that defeated Iraq with relatively few US casualties. But new information suggests that the United States may have played into Hussein's plans for a quick war followed by a long guerrilla insurgency.
The report last week of the Iraq Survey Group, based partly on interviews with captured leaders of the secretive Iraqi regime, said Hussein planned to have his troops and loyalists pull back after an initial US thrust and engage the Americans under terms more favorable to the Iraqis.
The quick fall of Baghdad was once seen as vindication of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's belief in the power of smaller numbers of fast-moving troops. But recently, even President Bush has conceded that the early victory of the US-led coalition helped lay the groundwork for an insurgency that has claimed the lives of 929 US troops since the end of major combat on May 1, 2003.
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The report said that from August 2002 to January 2003 Iraqi commanders across the country were ordered to hide weapons in the countryside. An index to the report says that a branch of Iraqi intelligence trained fighters from Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Lebanese, and Sudan in explosives and marksmanship at Salman Pak, near Baghdad.
Hmmm. Like chemical and biological weapons?
We shall see who has the last laugh after these documents are authenticated.
Brilliant strategy Saddam.
Too bad you're in jail about to go on trial and elections will be held in your country soon.
Yeah, Saddam's so smart. That's why he's in jail. That's why he lived like a rat for months. That's why he gave up "it's good to be the king" over WMD he was afraid to admit he didn't have. Real friggin' smart.
"new information suggests that the United States may have played into Hussein's plans for a quick war followed by a long guerrilla insurgency."
"Ah, infidels, I have you right where I want you" Saddam said as he blearily peered up from his spider hole.
Can't figure out how Saddam could be smarter. He's in jail, and his sons are dead. His country is in a shambles.
Of course, maybe that's what he was trying to accomplish, in which case, he may just be the most ingenious person ever to have lived.
I bet that's what the Globe is talking about.
Only from the morons-cretins-idiots-liberal-demokkkRATs at *The Boston Globulus-Phlegmus*.
I had to dig a bit... "hortamini igitur ut eas quatiant ".
Of course he's smarter. Which one knew whether Saddam had WMD? Easy -- Saddam.
What a pile of crap. Right, we played into his hands by occupying his country, killing his two sons, capturing him, and putting him on trial. Yeah, that Saddam is one clever dude.
Wouldn't it be smarter to have invited the inspectors in and complied with the truce argeement? Saddam never believed the US would invade without UN approval. He figured that the Russians and French would veto any US effort to oust him from power because he was paying them off through the Oil for Food program.
If viewed from anything other than the Leftist Media prism, the scorecard reads Rummy 7, Saddamite 0. Saddam's out of power, in jail, without any hope of getting WMDs, Iraq is headed toward elections, and a heap of Saddamites (including Uday and Qusay) are dead. Rummy's still in power, traveling freely, part of an administration that is likely to be re-elected. Hmm, who would I rather be?
By far the cleverest part of his strategic planning was allowing himself to be captured and put on trial.
That way he'll be in Baghdad ready to take over when his Baathist thugs regain control.
If Saddam is so smart, why is he in a cage and Rummy is having dinner with POTUS?
When he had all he could tolerate and after trying other methods, he rounded up some of the terrorists and made them dig their own graves. He then had them tied to posts and made them all watch while some pigs were slaughtered before them.
Bullets were dipped in the bloody pig fat and loaded into the US soldiers rifles. All but one of the terrorists were executed. The bodies were unceremoniously thrown in the pits, face down so they could not "see" Mecca. Pig entrails, fat and blood was then dumped on top of them.
The last remaining terrorized terrorist was set free to tell his living associates what he witnessed. There was no terrorism in the Philippines for over fifty years. This story or variations of it have been in circulation for years and I don't know if it's true or not. Sounds like it's worth trying to me.
I like your incremental approach.
For beheadings, I particularly like the refinement reportedly used by the 6th Cavalry on Moro juramentados. They, the terrorists themselves are beheaded and their heads sewn inside a hog carcass.
Enjoy your unclean feast of baby back ribs. No 72 virgins for you!
I believe that this particular dysfunction could be the very root of some of the islamist culture's problems.
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