keep our eyes peeled. You see this one, about a hijacked Cuban plane landing in Florida? Also, I notice Blogspot sites are already crapping out under the strain....

Posted by at March 19, 2003 09:08 PM

This wasn't "shock and awe," of course. And of course Tomahawk strikes are "targeted." They can go off course, but the accuracy to within a few meters is supposed to be up to 80% now, rather than the 50% of 1991. I can't vouch for any such figures, of course, but they're certaingly targetted.

Posted by: Gary Farber at March 19, 2003 10:24 PM

I think the big air attack is still to come; my impression is that this swing-and-a-miss at Saddam was a last-minute improvisation.

They must have known it was a long shot, given that assassination of a leader by aerial bombing has never worked once in the history of warfare as far as I know. But there's a first time for everything.

Posted by: Matt McIrvin at March 20, 2003 05:25 AM

I agree with Matt. In fact, one of the lead stories in today's WaPo makes it clear that GWB & Co. _were_ (and are) planning to go ahead with Shock'n'Awe, but the opportunity that they were presented with to win the war at (nearly) a single blow by smearing Saddam, his sons, and his top boys all over the landscape was simply too good to pass up. I'd have done exactly the same thing in their place.

Posted by: Joe at March 20, 2003 06:07 AM

Oh, and by the way: we don't _know_ that the attempt failed yet. As noted elsewhere in many places on the Blogosphere, that speech by Saddam after the initial strike - or maybe I should say "Saddam"? - is mighty suspicious in several respects.

Posted by: Joe at March 20, 2003 06:09 AM
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