More Quickie Analysis

I missed this earlier amidst all the furious linking and scribbling and whatnot, but there was a second daylight air strike just outside Baghdad about 45 minutes ago.

Earlier I wrote about just this kind of thing:

Once joined, it can be difficult to control a battle. The Iraqis will try to move now, and we can’t afford to let them. So although Bush might have wanted to make this strike a one-time hit before the Big Event, it might prove impossible to keep it stuck halfway in.

Again, we don’t — can’t — may never — know how decisions are being made in Washington and at CENTCOM headquarters right now. But no matter how short or long this war is, events will almost certainly move faster than anyone expects — or is really ready for.