Decoys: Tanks but No Tanks

Tanks but No Tanks

There is no disputing that the allies' high-tech weapons chest is loaded with razzle-dazzle. But just what were those fancy guidance systems locking onto and those clever bombs blowing to smithereens? In some cases, it seems, nothing more than a cardboard shell gussied up to look like an Iraqi Scud launcher.

General Colin Powell complimented the Iraqis last week for their skills of deception. "They're quite good at it," he said. In addition to the ersatz launchers, Iraq has employed mock tanks, airplanes, bunkers and artillery. The preferred materials: plywood, aluminum and fiber glass. Among the Iraqis' possible suppliers was a...

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