Tripping Over the Timeline

(Washington Times) Frank J. Gaffney Jr. - Subordinating U.S. military plans to the dictates of UN timelines carries with it one other, potentially very high cost: It jeopardizes the element of surprise that usually is crucial to success on the battlefield. Furthermore, the passage of time offers Saddam Hussein additional chances to prepare for the use of weapons of mass destruction against U.S. forces and allies overseas, and also affords him the opportunity to ready the "scorched earth" option - his reported plan to blow up Iraq's oil fields and infrastructure. The best chance we are likely to have to prevent Saddam's use of weapons of mass destruction is to act before he expects us to.

2002-12-24 00:00:00

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