21 October, 2020

Battle For Baghdad

The Pentagon blows hot as war juggernaut reaches climax

Battle For Baghdad
In a football metaphor instantly recognizable to Americans, President George Bush declared last week "we will now go the last 200 yards" to Baghdad as US troops tightened the noose around the Iraqi capital for the final assault. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld added characteristically, the army was within commuting distance -- closer "than many Americans are from their downtown offices." The prize of Baghdad may not be as easy as a typical American's commute to work but there was no denying that US forces had made swift advances, suffered few casualties and were within a few miles of the city. Shells were falling on the Saddam Hussein International Airport on the outskirts and the "dagger was clearly pointed at the heart of the regime," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks in Qatar. For the first time in two weeks Baghdad was dark and the Americans had the momentum.

Incessant questions about the war plan were drowned out by the "good news" of a daring rescue of injured Pvt. Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital and the feeble resistance by Iraq's elite Republican Guards. It was...



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