AWE AND SHOCK? TIME reports that the US has gone to its endgame first rather than relying on the “Shock and Awe” strategy that was widely advertised ahead of time.

In this war, the endgame has become the opening gambit. Instead of pummeling the enemy with an overwhelming display of force and then hunting down their leaders, the U.S. is taking the reverse approach — beginning with a series of bombing raids aimed at taking out the ruling regime. The “decapitation” effort began in the early hours of the morning Baghdad time and was restarted later in the day. The shock and awe campaign, we are told, is still [to] come.

Hopefully, it won’t be necessary.

James Joyner
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