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If one wants to speak of pure evil, those who devise these plans are pure
evil. The casualties in Baghdad would be enormous...many times the number of
those killed on September 11. When they say the war would not be against the

Iraq Faces Massive U.S. Missile Barrage
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2003

(CBS)If the Pentagon sticks to its current war plan, one day in March the
Air Force and Navy will launch between 300 and 400 cruise missiles at targets
in Iraq. As CBS News Correspondent David Martin reports, this is more than
number that were launched during the entire 40 days of the first Gulf War.

On the second day, the plan calls for launching another 300 to 400 cruise

"There will not be a safe place in Baghdad," said one Pentagon official who
has been briefed on the plan.

"The sheer size of this has never been seen before, never been contemplated
before," the official said.

The battle plan is based on a concept developed at the National Defense
University. It's called "Shock and Awe" and it focuses on the psychological
destruction of the enemy's will to fight rather than the physical destruction
of his military forces.

"We want them to quit. We want them not to fight," says Harlan Ullman, one of
the authors of the Shock and Awe concept which relies on large numbers of
precision guided weapons.

"So that you have this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons
at Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but in minutes," says Ullman.

In the first Gulf War, 10 percent of the weapons were precision guided. In
this war 80 percent will be precision guided.

The Air Force has stockpiled 6,000 of these guidance kits in the Persian Gulf
to convert ordinary dumb bombs into satellite-guided bombs, a weapon that
didn't exist in the first war.

"You're sitting in Baghdad and all of a sudden you're the general and 30 of
your division headquarters have been wiped out. You also take the city down.
By that I mean you get rid of their power, water. In 2,3,4,5 days they are
physically, emotionally and psychologically exhausted," Ullman tells Martin.

Last time, an armored armada swept into Kuwait and destroyed Saddam's elite
republican guard divisions in the largest tank battle since the World War II.
This time, the target is not the Iraqi army but the Iraqi leadership, and the
battle plan is designed to bypass Iraqi divisions whenever possible.

If Shock and Awe works, there won't be a ground war.

Not everybody in the Bush Administration thinks Shock and Awe will work. One
senior official called it a bunch of bull, but confirmed it is the concept on
which the war plan is based.

Last year, in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan, the U.S. was badly surprised
by the willingness of al Qaeda to fight to the death. If the Iraqis fight,
the U.S. would have to throw in reinforcements and win the old fashioned way
by crushing the republican guards, and that would mean more casualties on
both sides.
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