Wednesday, November 19, 2003

US vows 'to use a sledgehammer to crack a walnut' -

US vows 'to use a sledgehammer to crack a walnut' - "'This is war,' Major-General Charles Swannack, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, based in western Iraq, said during a briefing in Baghdad. 'We're going to use a sledgehammer to crush a walnut. We're not going to prosecute this war holding one hand behind our back, we're going to use enough in our arsenal to win this fight.'

The military operations on Tuesday in the capital and central Iraq were portrayed by US military officials as an offensive designed to crush the remains of the anti-American insurgency. "

Two problems here. One, it's tough to crack a walnut with a sledgehammer and not smash the hand that is holding it. If you don't have a hand holding it, there's a good chance you'll miss. Two, didn't we try this overwhelming 'shock and awe' thing before. Didn't that lead us to where we are now?

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