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Did we wait to bomb until the countdown was zero?(6 posts)

Did we wait to bomb until the countdown was zero?Fez
Mar 20, 2003 8:20 AM
I lost track when Bush's countdown was to expire.

But I heard we had an unexpected opportunity to bomb the place where Saddam supposedly was having a meeting.

So did we wait until the countdown expired? Or was there still some time left? Did we say the hell with it, Saddam was not going to respond and it was too good of an opportunity to take him out.
yes, but didn't matterDougSloan
Mar 20, 2003 8:25 AM
I think it was well after the deadline.

Nonetheless, Saddam publicly said he was not going to leave. Having said that, the deadline was fairly pointless.


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It occured after the countdown expired. (nm)pdg60
Mar 20, 2003 8:26 AM
My guess is the Stealth Bombers were in the air...Alpedhuez55
Mar 20, 2003 8:44 AM
before the deadline. The bombs were not dropped until after it though. THe attack could have been called off. If the leadership could have been taken out with one bomb, they should have taken the chance.

Mike Y.
My guess is the Stealth Bombers were in the air...Jon Billheimer
Mar 20, 2003 8:49 AM
I think the deadline, given Saddam's rhetoric and recent behaviour, was fairly pointless. And if a number of different news sources can be relied upon extensive bombing has already been underway for a number of days. As well, there have been reports of significant U.S. troop movements in southern Iraq for a couple of d ays now.

Too bad the "target of opportunity" apparently didn't work out as hoped.
Mar 20, 2003 8:56 AM
maybe we waited to hit Baghdad, but heavy bombing started last week.