March 19, 2003


WAR NOW?: We're into the fog-of-war phase and lots of reports are simply not to be trusted (witness the Tariq Aziz-defection rumor), but This is London reports that fighting has begun. This is technically six hours early, but Saddam has ruled out exile and Ari Fleischer did say the troops are going in regardless, the only question is whether they would be opposed. (Presumably, if Saddam actually did surprise everyone and leave at the last minute, the mission would change to peacekeeping.) This seems to be essentially priming for the real invation-- which means that "a time of our choosing" may be "immediately."

Posted by John Tabin at March 19, 2003 02:22 PM