Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Saddam's Plan: Scorched-Earth

According to this AP story, Saddam Hussein's strategy in the event of a war with the US and its allies will be to destroy his own country's infrastructure, blame it on the US, and hope world opinion forces the US to stop its attack.

The story also tells us that "U.S. intelligence officials also believe Saddam will use his biological and chemical weapons if he believes he is about to fall, even in the opening days of a war. His primary targets: U.S. forces in Iraq, as well as the populace in his longtime enemies of Israel and Kuwait, the officials said."

It also goes into some detail in describing the "multilayer" defense that Iraq plans to employ, with the poorer military units furthest out, the Republican Guard closer in (to Baghdad), and Saddam's most loyal unit, the 10,000-strong Special Republican Guard, defending Baghdad itself, from within the city.

Pretty interesting article. One thing didn't quite make sense, though: the story says that this info came from a briefing which intelligence officials gave to reporters at the Pentagon; but it also says that the officials "spoke on the condition of anonymity."

Huh? How do you hold an anonymous briefing with the press?

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