The topic of death has been conspicuously absent from the discussion on an Iraqi offensive. My stance has been that nothing to date has warranted the
loss of American military lives in support of this campaign and I am greatly troubled by the flip nature of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld team, acting as
if braggadocio fueled imperialism is an apt excuse for the lives of my family members service to our country.
As is so often the case when speaking about this Bush Administration, they ram the rhetoric while shunning the numbers. Case in point, the stated plan
for the first two days of engagement which borrows from Sun Tzu's 'The art of War' called "Shock & Awe":
The US is planning to demolish Bagdhad with 800 missiles within the first 48 hours.
.......Now do the math
Bagdhad: Secular, key city....not a military target.....home to FIVE MILLION Iraqi men/women/children in an area smaller than most US hubs.
800 missiles in 48 hours - 16 missiles an hour for two days straight, in that small an area, aimed at people that don't exactly have two car garages
filled for a quick get away....where are they going to go except to meet their Maker?
"800 missiles to hit Iraq in first 48 hours
By Andrew West and agencies
January 26 2003
The US intends to shatter Iraq "physically, emotionally and psychologically" by raining down on its people as many as 800 cruise missiles in two
The Pentagon battle plan aims not only to crush Iraqi troops, but also wipe out power and water supplies in the capital, Baghdad.
It is based on a strategy known as "Shock and Awe", conceived at the National Defense University in Washington, in which between 300 and 400 cruise
missiles would fall on Iraq each day for two consecutive days. It would be more than twice the number of missiles launched during the entire 40 days
of the 1991 GulfWar."
My first, selfish concern, however, is the US Military. Given an act of genocide as above, what nation would not respond with everything they
have....since those who are around to fire would be burning with the loss of their homes/people?
"Pentagon's quietest calculation: the casualty count
War planners' estimate of battle losses may factor in an American expectation for 'sterile warfare.'
By Brad Knickerbocker | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon, war planners are searching for answers to the ultimate questions about armed conflict with Iraq: Will it be
worth it? Even assuming Saddam Hussein is toppled, will the likely loss of US servicemen and women be "acceptable"? "
Pulitzer Prize winner Jimmy Breslin: "The government talks about a war in terms of personal insults, deliberately keeping us waiting, by Saddam
Hussein, of whom we're all sick and tired.
No one so far has talked about the number of people who will be killed in Iraq. We will lose great young people. Oh, there has to be tens of thousands
of Iraq civilians killed. How can they bomb and invade without killing tens of thousands? Particularly those school children whose mothers dress them
for the day and send them off to be blown apart by a smart bomb that turns dumb on the way down and hits a schoolhouse."