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Originally posted by Misfit
Considering the dollar amount per day being spent since the Iraq invasion started, you lend yourself no credence with that statement.
Originally posted by Army
And you missed the title of this thread. This was alledgedly 1 month BEFORE the initial invasion...not SINCE.
Seems to me, YOUR credence, and sound reasoning, is sadly lacking.
Considering it would take thousands of personnel, months of planning, weeks or months of preparation....by TWO completely seperate commands of two seperate countries attacking from multiple directions.
Originally posted by Army
Considering it would take thousands of personnel, months of planning, weeks or months of preparation....by TWO completely seperate commands of two seperate countries attacking from multiple directions. How many of those people who were involved, or witnessed the build up, would/could actually keep it secret from the worlds media?
By your reasoning, the monies involved would be in the many millions....don't you think THAT would have been noticed by those in Washington, who have no other interest than to embarrass President Bush?
"But there was a catch: The war hadn't started yet, at least not officially
A year ago, as Gulf War II was about to begin, another conflict in Iraq was already at its peak. US forces were engaged in a systematic but undeclared air campaign that set the stage for the coalition’s rapid victory over Saddam Hussein’s regime. And it, in turn, was aided by almost 12 years of combat air patrols in the Iraqi no-fly zones.
Unlike Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Operation Iraqi Freedom officially began (on March 20, 2003) with a ground campaign. Unofficially, a preparatory air campaign already had taken place. Since the end of the first Gulf War, the US and Britain had flown hundreds of thousands of combat and support sorties over Iraq in two no-fly zones that enforced UN resolutions. Air operations intensified greatly in the final months before the start of the ground war.
As Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the air boss for Iraqi Freedom and now the Air Force vice chief of staff, explained in a wartime press conference, “We’ve been involved in Operation Northern Watch for well over 4,000 days ... [and] Operation Southern Watch for well over 3,800 days.
... We’ve certainly had more preparation, pre-hostilities, than perhaps some people realize.”
A few days later, Gen. John P. Jumper, USAF Chief of Staff, expanded on Moseley’s comments. He said, “We started our work in the air component back in June of last year , and, between June and March, we actually flew about 4,000 sorties against the integrated air defense system in Iraq and against surface-toair missiles and their command and control.”
Q: General Pace, you didn't really answer whether -- is that laying the groundwork for an Iraqi strike? In other words, why the change on this? Some might say this was just laying the groundwork
Rumsfeld: Well, it can't hurt. I directed it.
Q: Why did you direct it?
Rumsfeld: Because it seemed right at the time. The -- I don't like the idea of our planes being shot at. We're there implementing U.N. resolutions. The -- it's not just the United States. It's the British, the coalition forces involved. And the idea that our planes go out and get shot at with impunity bothers me.
Q: Can you --
Q: When did you direct the change?
Rumsfeld: And I don't like it. I don't like it. And so what we are doing is we are attempting to, in an orderly way, as the general indicated, arrange our response options in a way that we think -- hope -- we hope will be net harmful to their capabilities on the ground. We can't know for sure if it has been net harmful, but our intention is to make it net harmful.
Q: But is this laying the groundwork for Iraq? That's the question.
Rumsfeld: The President hasn't made a decision with respect to Iraq.
Didn't I say that earlier? I thought I said that.
Q: When did you order the change?
Q: When did you order this? When did this change take place, Mr.
Q: Now? (Laughter.)
Rumsfeld: Less than a year -- less than a year and more than a week.
(Laughter.) I think less than six months and more than a month.