Shock-and-Awe or Rope-a-Dope?

Seems like Curious George fell for rope-a-dope!

Study ties Hussein, guerrilla strategy.  
US may have played into plans, report says

By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff.
Boston Globe October 11, 2004

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....

Indeed, intelligence officials said that instead of reading up on tank warfare, Hussein and some of his top generals are believed to have been boning up on books penned by Vietnamese communists on guerrilla warfare tactics....

The United States should not have been surprised, according to officials and outside analysts. Signs that a guerrilla war might be in the offing were apparent before the United States invaded. Nonetheless, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the intelligence branches of the Army, Navy, and Air Force do not appear to have given them much credibility or passed concerns up the chain of command, they said.

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It figures
Whoever said "those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it" was really on to something.

My only question is, if Hussein had the foresight to plan for a guerrilla war, why couldn't he plan his retreat into the underground better? How come he got  caught?

by vawolf 2004-10-11 12:57PM | 0 recs
Re: It figures
I'd say considering he had no means of safely traveling about conspicusously, he did a pretty good job of dodging for as long as he did!
by ShatteredMind 2004-10-11 01:12PM | 0 recs
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by plunkitt 2004-10-11 04:20PM | 0 recs

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