posted on Jan, 22 2003 @ 08:41 AM
There will be 200,000 US personel and around 30,000 GB personel.Why?
Well not all are ground troops.This includes Navy,Airforce,and the vast logistical team behind the troops but this is still a large number of troops
for a supposed liberation when you consider what the airforce will do to the command structure first and the technical superiority of US/UK forces.
1/Locals may not wish to be liberated.
2/Suburben warfare(street fighting)in Baghdad.
3/No commander likes to go in with not enough forces.
4/Occupation maybe needed.
5/Bodyguards for Oil company personel.
Any or all of these may be reasons.I'm sure others could add more.
Is the US weaker?Technically Yes but for all intents and purposes No as Lupe said.However the USA and UK are both more likely to be attacked at home
during a Gulf conflict.There is no hard and fast rule that says if you attack a country it will not attack you back.
It is well to remember that the cold war didn't become hot because of Mutually Assured Destruction.Weapons of Mass Destruction were a deterent not an
offensive weapon.The threat of use stopped beligerent countries invading others.