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Posted by Lilly from ? ( on Wednesday, November 06, 2002 at 7:23PM :

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From the chapter "The Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)"

"Lesson number one from the Gulf War is the value of air power."
-President George Bush

"The Gulf war demonstrated the successful application of strategic attack when aerospace power was applied synergistically against Iraqi CPGs (Center of Gravities) to isolate the Iraqi leadership from its military forces, neutralize key elements of production and national infrastructure, and RENDER THE NATION VIRTUALLY DEFENSELESS AGAINST ALLIED AIR ATTACK."

"Desert Storm: Impact of Strategic Attack on Electrical System"

"The electrical attacks proved extremely effective. By 0310L (H + 10) CNN reported that Baghdad had completely lost commercial power. Few, if any, electrons flowed through Iraq for the remainder of the six-week war. The loss of electricity shut down the capital's water treatment plants and led to a public health crisis from raw sewage dumped in the Tigris River. It further disrupted the commercially dependent Kari system, forcing its defenders to resort to backup generators. Fluctuating output, the air planners knew, would play hob [cause mischief] with sensitive electronic equipment and computers. The loss of electricity further hampered daily government functions and literally put Iraq's leaders "in the dark." In the following week, Tomahawk land attack missles and coalition aircraft reduced every major city in Iraq to the same unhappy situation."

Richard G. Davis
Decisive Force: Strategic Bombing in the Gulf War

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