Originally Posted by Blue&Orange
Dure Iraq was on a embargo for 10 years. Think about a castle siege. That graph about defense spending was impressive.
And North Korea has a bustling economy?
Also the reason we were able to go into Iraq so easily wasn't because of the sanctions. It was because we secretly started the war way before March 2003 We started bombing their air defenses and communication systems several months before the war began
and had Special Operations Forces on the ground sabotaging their defense. Bombs started landing in June 2002 way before the Shock and Awe campaign of 2003. We basically started the war with complete domination of their airspace.
This info came out in June 2003.
American air war commanders carried out a comprehensive plan to disrupt Iraq's military command and control system before the Iraq war, according to an internal briefing on the conflict by the senior allied air war commander.
Known as Southern Focus, the plan called for attacks on the network of fiber-optic cable that Saddam Hussein's government used to transmit military communications, as well as airstrikes on key command centers, radars and other important military assets.
The strikes, which were conducted from mid-2002 into the first few months of 2003, were justified publicly at the time as a reaction to Iraqi violations of a no-flight zone that the United States and Britain established in southern Iraq. But Lt. Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the chief allied war commander, said the attacks also laid the foundations for the military campaign against the Baghdad government.
Indeed, one reason it was possible for the allies to begin the ground campaign to topple Mr. Hussein without preceding it with an extensive array of airstrikes was that 606 bombs had been dropped on 391 carefully selected targets under the plan, General Moseley said......
One major target was the network of fiber-optic cable that transmitted military communications between Baghdad and Basra and Baghdad and Nasiriya. The cables themselves were buried underground and impossible to locate. So the air war commanders focused on the ''cable repeater stations,'' which relayed the signals. From June 2002 until the beginning of the Iraq war, the allies flew 21,736 sorties over southern Iraq and attacked 349 targets, including the cable stations.
''We were able to figure out that we were getting ahead of this guy and we were breaking them up faster than he could fix them,'' General Moseley said of the fiber-optic cables. ''So then we were able to push it up a little bit and effectively break up the fiber-optic backbone from Baghdad to the south.''