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Jason Holliston
Wednesday, March 19, 2003  
Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock... Ding!

So, I've been talking to a lot of people over the past couple days about how this war might turn out, how fast it might be, if the Iraqis will use WMD, etc. After such talks, I felt the need to post and put myself out with a prediction: this war will be finished faster and with fewer casualties than most people are thinking. "Shock and awe" does not just mean more bombs dropping than ever before -- that's just one single element of what's going to happen as soon as General Tommy Franks decides it's time to pull the trigger. I'm putting myself out there and saying that I believe this war will be over in no more than two weeks (probably less than one) and a possibility that Saddam Hussein will be dead or captured within three days. Put it this way -- this will be the first time since World War II that the full force of America's military might has been put to the task of fully occupying a country. Every one of our involvements overseas since then, there's been limiting objectives -- both political and practical -- that have held back our forces from truly showing what we're capable of.

It should be interesting to see how the world reacts to this. On one hand, there's not many people that can honestly say that the world is a better place with Saddam Hussein alive and in power, but on the other hand, I can at least partially understand the misgivings non-Americans will have seeing one country show off so much incredible power. I just try to imagine myself in their place, for instance, seeing France have that sort of power. It would be a little frightening. But then again, we're not France. I'm thankful as hell that if anyone has this level of military domination, it's us, and not some dictatorship.

So, is this arrogance? Americans are labeled for arrogance quite frequently, by both domestic and foreign individuals. Arrogance is usually defined as the act of making undue claims -- in other words, you can't walk the talk. After this is all done, you tell me if we're arrogant.

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