- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2006

From Time Magazine, “Firing Blanks,” Nov. 8, 1999:

Most Americans can be forgiven if they have forgotten — assuming they ever knew — that the U.S. has been at war with Iraq. A year ago, as the U.N. weapons-inspection program in Iraq collapsed, President Clinton announced that the U.S. would not only “contain” Saddam’s threat to the rest of the world but also work to “change” the brutal regime in Baghdad… Since then, U.S. warplanes have attacked Iraqi positions in northern Iraq on 89 days — about one of every two days they have flown… Operation Northern Watch, the U.S.-led effort to keep the skies over northern Iraq clear of Iraqi warplanes, is the strangest of wars. It is not being waged according to Pentagon doctrine. It lacks a clear, attainable objective and forfeits the initiative to Saddam. And it doesn’t make traditional military sense. Risking the lives of your pilots to destroy an opponent’s air-defense network makes sense only when such risky missions precede an aerial invasion… It’s a costly and very real war but doesn’t seem to be achieving much.

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