Speed kills

The Washington Post’s Jim Hoagland appears to have done some of his own reporting and deduced that General Franks is actually responsible for the war plan that we have implemented against Saddam Hussein: “The Franks strategy: Fast and flexible.” The Wall Street Journal notes that those responsible for developing our war plan have had to do so with a shrunken military deriving from “the rump Clinton model, about 40% smaller in troops, older planes and ships” than the one with which we fought Gulf War I: “Rumsfeld’s second front.”
Ralph Peters goes so far as to suggest that the American generals have outwitted Saddam Hussein: “Urban warriors.” John O’Sullivan joins our reader Dafydd ab Hugh in making predictions that, if accurate, would result in the vindication of the Franks doctrine that speed kills: “Iraqi resistance nothing that coalition can’t handle.”


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