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> Horror is facing Iraqi people 
> Posted By: Elizabeth (gertruda90@hotmail.com) (Toronto-HSE-
> ppp3668506.sympatico.ca) 
> Date: Thursday, 6 March 2003, at 4:00 a.m. 
> In Response To: Canadian. Student Protest the war (Elizabeth) 
> IF PRESIDENT BUSH orders the invasion of Iraq, powerful airstrikes with 
> thousands of bombs and missiles would be combined with quick ground assaults &#
> 8212; 
> a combination intended to overwhelm Saddam Hussein’s defenses, keeping hi
> m from 
> mustering catastrophic retaliation and convincing his forces they can’t w
> in, 
> Pentagon officials have said. 
> They said Wednesday that part of that plan is to launch an initial air 
> bombardment using 10 times the number of precision-guided weapons fired in the 
> opening days of the 1991 war. Targets will include Saddam’s military and 
> political headquarters, air defenses, communications facilities and systems 
> Saddam could use to launch chemical and biological weapons the Bush 
> administration says he has. 
> But some of the ordnance possibly earmarked for Iraq includes a new kind of 
> weapon — the biggest in the U.S. conventional arsenal, NBC News’ Ji
> m 
> Miklaszewski reported Wednesday. The United States could drop a new weapon, 
> nicknamed “the mother of all bombs.” It weighs 21,000 pounds. Like 
> its 
> predecessor, the “daisy cutter,” the bomb’s blast would creat
> e a huge mushroom 
> cloud. The weapon could be used for shock value, dropped well away from 
> populated areas. 
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> Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, meanwhile, and the commander who would 
> lead the war, Gen. Tommy R. Franks, met with President Bush to discuss war 
> plans for ousting Saddam. 
> Both said after the White House meeting that Bush had not yet decided whether 
> to order an invasion. But Franks said the U.S. forces now arrayed against Iraq,
> said to number at least 230,000 with many more on the way, are prepared for the
> go-ahead. 
> “Our troops in the field are trained, they’re ready, they are capab
> le,” Franks 
> said at a Pentagon news conference. 
> On Tuesday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers reiterated what 
> military planners have been saying in background talks with reporters for some 
> time: that in an attempt to force a quick resolution and minimize casualties, 
> an attack on Iraq would be swift and more intense in the early hours than the 
> prolonged bombing that preceded ground action in the 1991 war. 
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> The U.S. plans to drop 10 times the bombs in the start of the air campaign in 
> Iraq as at the start of the Persian Gulf war, officials say 
> U.S. expels 2 Iraqi diplomats 
> Student anti-war protests small, scattered 
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> “If asked to go into conflict in Iraq, what you’d like to do is hav
> e it be a 
> short conflict,” Myers said. “The best way to do that is to have su
> ch a shock 
> on the system that the Iraqi regime would have to assume early on that the end 
> is inevitable.” He spoke in an interview with American newspaper reporter
> s. 
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> While some 20 percent of the bombs dropped during the last Gulf War were 
> precision-guided, about 70 percent of the ordnance dropped this time would be 
> guided by lasers, satellites or video cameras, a top Central Command official 
> told reporters in a briefing Wednesday. He contended that because of that, 
> civilian casualties could be lower than the estimated 3,000 in the 1991 war. 
> Franks, however, said the number was unpredictable and would depend in part on 
> Saddam. 
> Franks also said he could not estimate how many Americans might die in an Iraq 
> war, but he expressed “incredible confidence” in their ability to f
> ight and 
> win. 
> Franks also declined to offer an estimate of how long a war might last, even in
> general terms. Many military officials have said they expect it to be shorter 
> than the 1991 war, which began with a five-week bombing campaign followed by a 
> decisive 100-hour ground war to liberate Kuwait. In the 1991 war, 148 U.S. 
> troops were killed. 
> Franks said that in the leadup to that conflict, there were predictions of many
> U.S. casualties, and few people anticipated the ground phase of the war would 
> be so short. 
> Gen. Tommy Franks 
> “Since we can’t know what the duration will be, we can’t pred
> ict, using some 
> formulation, some mathematical model, what casualties might look like,” h
> e 
> said. “And so I won’t predict numbers of casualties, but I will say
>  that we’ll 
> continue to work to do the job at the least cost in terms of lives, both our 
> own and Iraqi, and the least cost in terms of trade.” 
> Pentagon officials who discussed the matter Wednesday said bombing targets 
> would include Saddam’s military and political headquarters in Baghdad and
> elsewhere, air defenses, communications facilities and systems that could be 
> used to launch chemical or biological attacks. 
> As part of the psychological, or “psy-ops,” campaign aimed at weake
> ning the 
> Iraqi army and undermining support for Saddam, U.S. planes on Tuesday dropped 
> 420,000 leaflets in southern Iraq. “Leave now and go home,” some le
> aflets 
> said. “Watch your children learn, grow and prosper.” 
> Improvements in U.S. aircraft and other advances mean five times as many bombs 
> can be launched today with the same number of aircraft, another official said. 
> The air campaign would be coupled with ground troops, thousands of whom have 
> been deployed to the gulf region this week. 
> A Marine at Camp Lejeune, N.C., gets a farewell kiss Wednesday before shipping 
> out with 2,200 of his peers. 
> Hundreds of Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., joined the Persian Gulf buildup on 
> Wednesday. Some 2,200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit said 
> goodbye to their families before being bused to a nearby port where they’
> ll 
> board three amphibious assault ships. 
> The ships, which left Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday, are the USS Iwo Jima, an 
> amphibious assault ship; the USS Nashville, an amphibious transport dock ship; 
> and the USS Carter Hall, an amphibious dock landing ship. 
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> “Time is running out” 
> March 5 — By the end of this week, the U.S. will have 300,000 troops in t
> he 
> gulf region. NBC’s Andrea Mitche

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