yes, they did promise us a cakewalk
One thing abundantly clear from the first week or so of the war is that the Administration's assumption that Saddam's regime would collapse when assaulted by light forces and overwhelming air power has not panned out. While few doubt the war's ultimate outcome, it's clear that the war's going to be a lot more difficult than the sales pictches would have had us believe. The failure of that gamble is certain to have serious consequences for an uncountable number of people--quite simply, the longer the war goes on, the more people are going to die.
Just for the record, Salon (premium content, click thru ads to read) provides a handy list of hawks who predicted that the Gulf War II would be--some in so many words--a cakewalk. This illustrious list includes not only civilian advisers like Richard Perle, but also Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Knowing all along that the public would not support a long, difficult war with mounting casualties, the Administration barely acknowledged the possibility--before the shooting started--that anything other than a swift and decisive victory was possible. That matters because now we're commited, and our forces are likely to be faced with an unpalatable choice: continue to put themselves at risk to avoid civilian casualties, or accept the deaths and the outcry they're bound to spur. That choice may be inevitable under the circumstances, but let's not ever forget who placed our forces in that position.
(via the watch)