tanks a lot
The US military is evidently engaging commercial cargo ships to carry heavy equipment (tanks) to the Persian Gulf, suggesting that its own capability for doing so is already maxed out.
Mind you, President Bush claims he hasn't made a decision on Iraq yet.
A source in the Reuters article said he wouldn't "read too much" into this--this--shipment; another suggested the buildup might be connected with upcoming military maneuvers with Jordan. And all that is possible. But the pattern I perceive suggests otherwise.
One of the things that makes me highly skeptical of the an unprovoked--make no mistake about it--attack on Iraq--is that the President's advisers--and Bush himself, today--claim the only alternative is "doing nothing." Baloney. It seems to me that if the US really had the goods on Saddam's nuclear program, then an airstrike would deal a nifty setback--something Israel demonstrated earlier. If inspections really didn't work, it seems to me Saddam, rather than kicking them out, would have had them finish the job, all the while chortling about how he pulled the woll over their eyes. But the problem was they were working...I imagine a lot of what we know about Iraq's WMD program comes from them. And there's always supporting an uprising, although considering how badly we blew that in the aftermath of the Gulf War, I doubt anyone in Iraq would trust us (the no-fly zones are there, after all, to protect two groups that did heed the call to rise up agaisnt Saddam, but that the US decided not to support).
There are options. Give me convincing arguments they won't work, and I'll be more comfortable...heck, at least I'd know the administration has pondered this. But what we get is more of Bush's
it's-my-way-or-the-highway"bipartisanship." And I think there's evidence that the American people aren't buying it.