Thursday, April 10, 2003
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DREZNER GETS RESULTS FROM THE
DREZNER GETS RESULTS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES!: Last Thursday, I posted the following:
"LEARNING TO ADAPT: A big meme last week was that the Iraqi's unconventional tactics surprised Rumsfeld et al ....
My guess is that next week's meme will be about how coalition forces are adapting to these adaptations."
The following are excerpts from today's Military Analysis column by Michael Gordon in the New York Times:
"If there is a single reason for the allied success in toppling Saddam Hussein's government, it is the flexibility the American military demonstrated in carrying out its campaign.
From the very start the American military had to adapt to fickle allies, changes ordered by superiors in Washington and new tactics by their foe.....
Some changes were forced by the Iraqis. The Iraqis caught American intelligence by surprise when they stationed paramilitary units in Iraq's southern cities. That move was intended to help the government quash any possible rebellions and to put the paramilitary fighters in position to mount ambushes on allied supply lines.
Faced with such attacks, allied commanders changed their tactics as well. When the war started, the allies had planned to bypass Najaf, Nasiriya and Basra and other southern cities. The British were to guard the right flank while the Army and Marines rushed to Baghdad.
But when the paramilitary forces struck, the allied conventional and Special Operations forces began to fight in Iraq's southern cities.....
As they neared Baghdad, the American forces adapted their tactics. Their initial plan called for patiently gathering intelligence and carrying out probes before conducting raids in the city.
American commanders, however, concluded that the Iraqi command and control was weakening and pressed their advantage. After conducting a raid, the Army moved an entire armored brigade into central Baghdad. It stayed the night and Army and Marine columns soon joined the brigade in the city."posted by Dan on 04.10.03 at 11:18 AM