Aeronautics.ru on the progress of war in Iraq (fwd)

James Rogers jamesr@best.com
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 11:16:12 -0800


Justin Mason wrote:
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> Interesting bits... I have no idea how accurate this coverage is.


Even if their facts are correct, their analysis is suspect.  While =
everyone
is an analyst these days, there are implicit assumptions of doctrine in =
this
particular analysis that I find to be very dubious.  They are also =
injecting
assumptions that seem to be from Russian warfighting doctrine, which =
isn't
particularly valid.  It is worth noting that the Iraqis are essentially
following Russian warfighting doctrine, just like they were during the =
Gulf
War, but it hasn't served them very well because the US military spent =
many
decades learning how to effectively engage Soviet-style force structures =
and
apparently did a good job of it.  The analysis seems to be from the
perspective of how the Russians would prosecute the war.

And just as a general note, anybody in the media or otherwise who thinks
UK/US forces have been "delayed" or "slowed down" in any strategic sense =
is
mad and needs to be severely beaten with a cluestick.  This is =
large-scale
warfare not an action movie or TV mini-series, and it was never intended =
to
be finished in two hours on the silver screen.  UK/US forces have moved
across Iraq almost too fast and any resistance they've seen is a speed =
bump
well within the allowable margins.  There is a total loss of perspective =
in
the media, which has the attention span of a chihuahua with ADD.  They =
want
exciting action all the time even when doing so makes no military sense.
Fortunately saner people with more patience are actually running the
military campaign and making the decisions.

Cheers,

-James Rogers
 jamesr@best.com