I love this article from MSNBC:
Ground advance may be delayed
or "pause in push northward".
What? How much further "northward" does the army have to push? How can our "advance" be delayed when we're already where we're going? We're already knocking on the gates of Baghdad. Are we going to go around it and head for Mosul and Kirkuk? I don't think so. The Kurds are already heading that way from the north. And God help any Ba'athists they find on the way. Then there's this from the Brits:
British military official: No pause in campaign. Hmm. A little confusion or is there an internal consistency? Sounds to me like a statement from a junior officer was misinterpreted, much like William Wallace's (Scots wha' hae!) statement yesterday that "we didn't wargame this", which apparently he never said. The fog of war reporting is a lot worse than the tactical situation, which this chickenhawk summarizes thusly: We're destroying every Republican Guard tank, APC, truck, pickup, camel or donkey we lay our sights on. We've brought a relief ship into Umm Qasr, which means we're also offloading troops and supplies there. The 4th ID is on the way. We have a secure airfield and more troops and supplies every hour coming into Kurd territory. It's obvious the Ba'athist forces in Mosul and Kirkuk, if they aren't withdrawn to defend Baghdad, will be crushed from the north. Remember, we do have overflight rights now in Turkish airspace. Say, withdrawing troops to defend the center. What does that remind me of? Of course, the Romans, in 450 AD or so, pulled legions out of Britannia to defend Rome from the Huns, leaving a vacuum which Hengist and Horsa and their Angles, Saxons and Jutes gladly filled. That's why we all speak English now instead of some barbaric Celtic tongue.
Anyway. The "pause" is a typical journalistic delusion. Of course we're constantly resupplying, tightening control of the supply lines, dealing with paramilitaries, knocking down statues of Saddam, suffering car bombs but persevering to prove we're in Iraq to do what we came to do. I also heard some "Iraqi agents" were trying to get over the Mexican border to attack the Crawford, Texas Bush ranch. Maybe that will stimulate action on border controls. Got to do it.