Strategy: Saddam's Deadly Trap

With his planes and troops outclassed, he is trying to score a political victory by luring the allies into bloody trench fighting

Saddam Hussein sees himself as the spider waiting for the fly. Sooner or later, he believes, U.S.-led ground troops will push into Kuwait to drive out the Iraqi army. There they will be massacred by the thousands as they encounter one of the most formidable defenses ever built. It will not be a victory militarily, but the mere fact of having prolonged the war and inflicted high casualties will make Saddam the winner psychologically.

That, at least, is the theory. And to that end Saddam and his military commanders have applied the experience they gained in their eight years of defensive...

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