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To: Kaslin

The Soviets desperately warned SH about the coming barrage. Thankfully, he did not listen. I remember reading articles in the Desert Shield phase about the mighty Iraqi armed services. The articles indicated that SH would badly bloody our forces perhaps leading to a protacted struggle.


7 posted on 01/12/2011 1:19:38 PM PST by businessprofessor
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To: businessprofessor

They might have if the initial coalition ground advance bogged down. Then chemical weapons might have been employed against relatively static forces. The best protection was to keep the fighting highly mobile.

There were reports that the USAF was running low on precision munitions. Had the cease-fire not happened when it did, things might have gotten a whole lot bloodier for the Iraqis.


20 posted on 01/12/2011 1:47:00 PM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: businessprofessor

I remember seeing a reired colonel on one of the evening newscasts predicting 30,000 American casualties on day one.

Oops!


28 posted on 01/12/2011 2:23:10 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: businessprofessor
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Sadam was a military fool ...

He should have taken Kuwait ... and THEN blasted down the coast road to take the Saudi ports and refineries ...

and then held those facilities hostage ... for years and decades to come ...

Where would the United States have then assembled it's military forces ?

No where ... ensuring an Iraqi victory ...


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37 posted on 01/12/2011 3:58:54 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne
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