End of war now blurs with rebuilding nation

Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2003

... This war in Iraq will lack the finality of some major U.S. victories, in large part because the end of the war has become blurred with the enormous task of rebuilding a nation where the challenges of restoring power and supplying food pale compared to those of nurturing a sense of democracy.

... But as more thoughtful review of this war begins, it becomes undeniably clear that this was a stunning victory for the U.S. military.

... Among the factors, which also include exceptionally well-trained and dedicated American soldiers, are these:

The four branches of the armed services worked together with more effectiveness than ever demonstrated. ...

Air power was overwhelming and precise. ...

Unparalleled intelligence helped the military select potential targets and avoid civilian populations.

Special forces played an enormous role in this war (as in Afghanistan, too). ...

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has broken a good bit of china in the Pentagon, and the success of this war gives him the credibility to break even more in helping reshape the military and equip it for future threats that will involve the use of force.

The Greenville (S.C.) News

April 25

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