April 3rd, 2003

Dead Dog Cat

another historical allusion

I heard something that chilled me several days ago from a commentator on Fresh Air on NPR; the gentleman whose name escapes me was saying that one of the things that has slowed down the advance of the troops in Iraq is the fact that the Air Force generals stated that there was no need to secure the flanks of the advancing Coalition forces, as it would be taken care of by air power. Shades of Herman Goerring (sp?), of the German Luftwaffe in WWII...he promised Hitler that he would crush the British with air power, and he didn't.
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Further ruminations (what a chewy guy)

I must admit severe emotional discontent at the US's "pre-emptive" attack against Iraq with the intention of stopping the production and proliferation of WMD. The only other preemptive war that I can vaguely recall is the Six Day War, and even there, Israel had never been offered a peace treaty by the Arab powers and so they didn't so much as start a war as destroy threatening enemy forces. A book I read some time ago called "How to Stop a War" by James Dunnigan (who has occasionally showed up as a talking head on one of the cable networks) gathered statistics about all the world's wars since the Napoleonic Wars, and the data suggest that the aggressor generally loses the war. (Note: Iran/Iraq; Gulf War 1). This information haunts me a bit. The only way I can rationalize this is that this isn't Gulf War 2, but Gulf War 1 scene 3 (with the air patrols of the NO FLY ZONE as scene 2).

In a different note, during lunch today, I finished a short story collection by Steven Saylor, called The House of the Vestals; it is a series of shorts that cover a number of the investigations by the Roman detective Gordianus that I've mentioned occasionally. They were all fun reads...I'm liking the guy.
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