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Saddam's Stalingrad Strategy

Expert in internal repression but utterly incompetent in military strategy, Saddam Hussein thinks that he can fight and win. His strategy seems to be to defend Baghdad as another Stalingrad, street by street, house by house.

A war strategy that deliberately begins the way that most wars end, with a street-fighting defense of the capital city, is certainly original. It is also realistic in not even trying to defend Iraq's borders against American air power.

But it is fantasy to think that the people of Baghdad will defend Saddam's regime. A sullen passivity is the most that Saddam can expect from Iraqis. Street-fighting will need to be done by those targeted by air bombardment: Saddam's elite troops.