SADDAM TOAST, REDUX

SADDAM TOAST, REDUX: More hope that Saddam is a crispy critter: Rumsfeld: Iraqi Leadership Position Hit.

A senior military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said military intelligence was picking up signs and “circumstantial evidence” that Saddam and his senior leadership were either incapacitated or out of communication with battlefield commanders. It was too early to say if they were killed or wounded.

“We are seeing no coordinated response to our first attack,” the official said. “It’s little things here and there. Some individual commanders are hunkering down while others are launching small attacks and setting fires.”

Military officials “believe it is significant that there is a lack of coordination and significant resistance to what we did,” the official added.

Rumsfeld was asked whether military planners knew Saddam’s location Wednesday night.

“We had what I would characterize as very good intelligence that it was a senior Iraqi leadership compound. We do not know what the battle damage assessment” will be, he said.

Let us hope.

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