The Last, Worst Hope: How an Invasion Might Go

Doctors combatting malignant tumors often resort to radical surgery to cut out the diseased tissue. So why can't the U.S. military perform a total Saddamectomy? The idea is bubbling anew in Congress and among Bush Administration advisers who passed up the chance to remove the Iraqi dictator in 1991, when U.S. troops were in his neighborhood. But it's not a serious topic in the Pentagon tank, the top-secret meeting room in which the Joint Chiefs of Staff plot strategy. In fact, Marine General Anthony Zinni, who as chief of the U.S. Central Command would oversee any U.S.-led attack on Iraq, thinks...

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