Recent reports have it that 1,000 Iraqi vehicles are moving south to confront Coalition forces (sorry, no link). Now, if the U.S. forces really have control of the skies and the Iraqi airforce is not going to come out and play, its time for us to use the B-52's and the rest of our aerial superiority to knock out this unit before it gets into open combat. Since these vehicles won't be in a population area, this should be the easiest target with our control of the skies, and possibly the death blow for the Saddam regime if a quick knockout through the air occurs. Also, if we can't knock out Iraqi TV permanently, its time for us to use our capabilities to take over the signal from the air. How confused will it make the Iraqi population if instead of 'Ode to Saddam' being broadcast around the clock, a continual loop of MatchGame '75 predominated the airwaves.
If it wasn't for war, you wouldn't know what peace was.
I have no doubt that the 3rd ID can handle whatever the Iraqis can muster up but I would feel so much better if the 4th Infantry Division was actually on the ground with them instead of still in route. The Turks really messed us over by not allowing our guys to come down from the North. The lack of that second heavy division on the ground made them rush the 3rd up to Baghdad too fast.Hopefully the 4th can get in it early next week.
And if the sandstorms keep up were not gonna be able to use a lot of airpower to fight them from what i gather redsox. You cant really use B-52s against vehicles and such. For close in air support against ground vehicles you need A-10s, and Apaches, and the F-16s. But they are really hampered by those damn sandstorms. And even though we say our stuff is all weather capapble, sand and dirt cant be worked thru like darkness or rain. Sand is hell on machinery no matter how could you build it.
The 4th Infantry Division is the Army’s First Digitized Division. Today, the 4th Infantry Division is the most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world; it is prepared to conduct full-spectrum combat operations.
I don't know- I smell HUGE faint on our part- not that I don't think our guys in the south can handle what is coming at them, but all we hear on TV is "South South South South, troops moving North to Baghdad from the South South South South... may not be enough men there to handle it... South South South South of Baghdad..."
The news has been pretty good at reporting SOMEWHAT objectivley, but they are still at the mercy of the info that is being fed to them by the Pentagon... I wonder if some real "Shock and Awe" is in the works, and we are just waiting for the Iraqis to line up and fall in..
" Waves of B-52 bombers pounded a convoy of Iraqi military vehicles overnight before they could reach the lead elements of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division in Najaf, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, CNN's Walter Rodgers reported Thursday.
Air traffic controllers with the U.S. Air Force told Rodgers, embedded with the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry of the 3rd Infantry, that the bombers pounded the convoy "almost into oblivion."
Brooks at Central Command said that the Iraqi force was smaller than initial intelligence reports suggested and that most of the force was destroyed."
(edited by Bizzle Izzle on 27.3.03 1033) 'But if one is struck by me only a little, that is far different, the stroke is a sharp thing and suddenly lays him lifeless, and that man's wife goes with cheeks torn in lamentation, and his children are fatherless, while he, staining the soil with his red blood, rots away, and there are more birds than women swarming about him.' Diomedes, The Iliad of Homer
I have stated this in other threads here. I don't think Bush would cut and run but I could see Kerry going Rambo on the world to disprove his critics. LBJ did exactly that. I really don't believe that Kerry will downsize in Iraq like he says he will.