Baghdad is Not Mogadishu

(Weekly Standard) Gary Schmitt and Tom Donnelly - The biggest difference would be in the American government's will to win, and the U.S. military would not be fighting in the Iraqi capital with one hand tied behind its back. Whether the leaders of the Republican Guard would fight to the death is unknowable, but it is likely the rank and file would not. Saddam has remained in power by creating overwhelming fear among his subordinates. Once he loses the ability to sustain that fear, how can he maintain the discipline and loyalty of a sufficient number of troops to hold out in Baghdad?

2002-08-09 00:00:00

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