HARD PART STILL AHEAD: John Chalmers correctly points out if a fight in Baghdad is necessary, it will still be quite challenging. Iraq is a big country. The fact that our forces are rolling through with little opposition so far is encouraging, but not nessarily an indicator of things to come. True enough. I’m still optimistic that it’s not coming down to urban warfare. My guess is that the regime will be toppled–either by a Tomahawk or from within–before our forces get to Baghdad.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.