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  • by djberg96 (2603) on 2002.08.29 13:48 (#12347) Journal
    I figured I may as well chime in here, since we're talking about (future?) military action and hey, I like military history, even if it hasn't happened yet. :)

    My opinion? It's a bluff to get Saddam to make the first move. Lot's of talk. Lot's of press. Scare the bejesus out of Saddam. Get him rattled. Try to make him do something stupid to give us a casus belli

    Why do I think this? I haven't heard about any real troop movements. No mass C-130 migrations. No reserves being called up. I just heard today about "tank sized crates", but that ought to be another clue. Do we really need to conceal our forces? Hell no. We could send the Iraqi high command hourly faxes of our plans and troop positions and they still couldn't do a damned thing about it.

    I'm just sitting back, smiling, enjoying the show because that's all it is at the moment - a show. Who will blink first?

    • I am not convinced it is a bluff, though it certainly might be (well, I am convinced it is in part bluffing, as most politics is :-). But I do think war is not imminent, for reasons you state: we are not ready. I guess that's part of why I am kinda laid back about this whole thing right now. If we had troops amassing on their borders, I might be a little more nervous.