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Air cover is useless unless you try to eliminate all traffic on the roads and in a wide corridor around them, permanently, for the duration of the retreat.

That would be the idea, I guess.
There's also the small point that if there's a retreat Iraq will have been handed over, at least in part, to Iran - which might not be popular politically.

Of course. But if the US decides to strike Iran, their situation in Iraq will soon become untenable. The discussion was on whether and how they can make it out.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 04:46:49 PM EST
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Shooting up roads can make it difficult for your forces to drive on them, so it's not quite that simple.

Also, unless you're planning to patrol the entire length of the convoy, which will be many, many miles long and unlikely to be practical, there will always be people wandering into your restricted area and leaving presents behind.

And if you're abandoing a whole load of ammunition and materiel to make a quick getaway, you've just armed your opponents with your own equipment.

There is no good here. However you look at it, any forced retreat is going to be a disaster of epic dimensions.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 06:09:52 PM EST
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If you leave stuff around, you blow it up instead of handing it over to the enemy.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 06:26:23 PM EST
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Getting of the roads and out of inhabited areas might be one idea. Drinving out throgh the desert the same way they got in.

Ammunition or other things left behind is not handed over to the enemy - it is blown up.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 06:35:51 PM EST
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This assumes you have time to blow it up.

As for the desert route - with what trucks, exactly?

The big airports will be the first missile targets, and as soon as those are gone - and it's wonderfully easy to crater a runaway - the supply lines are cut and the clock is ticking.

Best of luck with a quick getaway after that.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 09:15:47 PM EST
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