They are calling in “Operation Shock and Awe.” The US attacks on Iraq. Is it working?
The personal wear and tear on Donald Rumsfeld was evident at his press conferences. His confrontational style with the press was subdued, his body language was tired and psychologically the prospect of a failed strategy was evident. The 20 year old Rumsfeld objective to remove Saddam from leadership in Iraq did not look swift.
As of April 10, 2003 the military campaign had indeed Shocked and Awed the people, soldiers and leaders of Iraq. A military campaign turned to an occupation in less than 72 hours.
Rumsfeld’s strategy is complete. Saddam is gone. A 20 year goal, achieved. Now Donald Rumsfeld can bring the multi-Billion dollar Trans-Iraqi/Jordanian oil pipeline into operation as envisioned in 1982.
But America, and the world still wonders why Iraq was so important ?
Is the political Shock and Awe Saudi Arabia ? With a stable oil producing economy in Iraq, reinforced with stability in the remaining oil producing communities in the Middle East, the United States can finally reconcile the link between terrorism, the attack on United States on September 11, 2001, and the Saudi leadership.
Is Democratization of Saudi Arabia, and the eviction of the 70 year reign of the terrorist supporting monarchy, the final Shock and Awe ?