The Washington Post has a rundown of what might happen when we go to war with Iraq. They mention (as they have previously) that special operations troops are already in Iraq, and that one of their roles will be making sure that chemical and biological weapons will not be used. That brings up an obvious question — how will they do that? Either they know where the chemical and biological weapons are, which leads me to wonder whether the US government is sandbagging the UN inspectors in a big way, or they don’t, and the special operations troops have no way of preventing such attacks.
Another disturbing hypothetical that occurred to me as I read the article is what happens if the Iraqis gas our advancing troops. There will be extreme pressure for us to use nuclear weapons. I can only imagine that our popularity around the world will increase mightily if we nuke Iraq after we started what most deem to be an unnecessary war with them.