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Thursday, August 08, 2002
 
If this Times of London article is accurate, there is an awful lot more riding on the Iraq invasion than whether 100 or 1,000 US troops are killed, or whether it takes 3 months or a year. Instead, we'll have ourselves a nice little nuclear war.

An assessment of Iraq’s capabilities says that the US is unlikely to knock out many, if any, of President Saddam Hussein’s mobile missile-launchers in a first wave of airstrikes. It raises the possibility of Baghdad hitting an Israeli city with a missile carrying biological agents, saying that Saddam is likely to use chemical and biological weapons.

Israel’s likely reaction would be nuclear ground bursts against every Iraqi city not already occupied by US-led coalition forces. Senators were told that, unlike the 1991 Gulf War, when Washington urged Israel not to retaliate against Iraqi missile strikes, Israeli leaders have decided that their credibility would be hurt if they failed to react this time.


This hypothesis was put forward to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Anthony Cordesman, late of the Pentagon and State Department, and now the Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Just so we know he's not a left-wing loony, hell-bent on the destruction of America, the board of CSIS includes Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and, wait for it...Henry Kissenger.

If this is what they think, then what in the bloody blue blazes are Bush & Co. doing? via Robot Wisdom