To Surprise or Not To Surprise?
Donald Trump chastised Obama and the generals for announcing the attack on Mosul. Trump said you must hit them by surprise. There are two problems with that:
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)
- With a surprise attack, you don’t give the civilians any chance to flee, leaving behind only those who want to fight. You then end up killing more civilians, including children, than combatants.
- It is very hard to launch a surprise attack. Consider what would have happened if Japan had mounted its Pearl Harbor attack from a nearby island. The Americans would have seen them preparing. The attack worked only because the Japanese prepared out-of-sight. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is well aware of everything going on in the region.