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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY March 20 2003 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 109 Serving New Braimfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Big shock little awe as war on Opening salvo not the spectacle some predicted BY RON FOURNIER AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON forces launched air strikes against targets of military importance in Iraq President Bush said Wednesday night He described the action as the opening salvo in an operation to disarm Iraq to free its peo Bush spoke after the military struck with cruise missiles and preci sionguided bombs against a site near Baghdad where Iraqi leaders were thought to be government officials said There was no indication whether the attack was success ful Now that the conflict has come the only way to limit its duration is HUSSEIN to apply decisive the president said And I assure you this will a campaign of half mea sures and we will accept no outcome but The strikes used Tomahawk cruise mis siles and precisionguided bombs dropped from F117 Nighthawks the Air Forces stealth fighterbombers military officials said Bush addressed the nation less than two hours after his 8 EST ultimatum for Saddam Hussein to give up power Bush gave the attack goahead near the end of a threehour meeting Wednes day evening with his war council including Defense Secretary Donald H Rumsfeld and Gen Richard Myers chair man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff The meeting ended about 45 minutes before the 8 deadline Aides said the group pored over weath er forecasts and troop positions and Bush acted on the advice of his military com manders The president then reviewed his address with his chief speechwriter and went to the residence for dinner with Laura Bush They were in the living room when White House chief of staff Andrew Card called to inform the president that intelligence officials had no information that Saddam had left Iraq Bush pol ished his remarks a final time and head ed back to the Oval Office to deliver them to an anxious nation He spoke as a force of See PATRICK Photo An explosion is seen in Baghdad early Thursday as the United States launched air strikes on the capital making good on threats of military action to push President Saddam Hussein out of power President George W Bush announced he had launched war against Iraq My fellow citizens at this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq to free its people and to defend the world from grave Bush said Short salvo aimed to knock out selected targets Page 5A I troops launch raids in Afghanistan Page 5A Full text of Bushs address to nation Page 5A I Confidence in campaign worries about terrorism Page 5A I Start of war draws mixed reac tions Page 5A What is a tomahawk missile Page 5A H Briefs from the warfront Page 5A B Follow lata developments on the HeraldZeitung Web Site Local war vets Its time to go BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Bonnie Pickett didnt win the bingo jackpot Wednesday night at American Legion Post 179 in New Braunfels I wasnt she said Saddam Hussein isnt go ing to be lucky tonight she said about half an hour after President George W Bush announced to the nation that the war to oust Hussein from Iraq had begun forces fired cruise mis siles and sortied stealth fight erbombers against an undis closed site in Baghdad at Central just before dawn in Iraq The strikes were reported ly launched against a tar get of opportunity possi bly Iraqi leadership although no bomb damage assessment was available at press time Its Pickett said A lot of people have forgotten about what was and what happened Jthat day Its time to stop it Its time to Pickett whose husband Jim is a past commander of Post 179 who served during the Vietnam era and as a chief torpedoman in subma rine Squadron 16 during the See DAVID Actavio and Agapito Campos take time out from the bingo game taking place at American Legion Post 179 to catch up on the latest news on Americas war against Iraq Despite the war bingo went on as usual Saluting those called to serve our country Families across Texas and the United States aie wiping with stod ing proud as rrrilltaiyfcxicesawart the signal to begtfi the attack apjrieUraa Experts Massive campaign to follow JWty i Hil Countiy who have to 99t wtjp 9 njfjyrg BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer A retired military officer and a international affairs professor at Southwest Texas State said Wednesday nights precision strikes are just the beginning of a highintensity military campaign With the opening of the campaign against Saddam Hussein the main focus for troops soon will be Baghdad Retired Marine Col Jim Reid is a graduate of the Industrial War College He was the former professor of Naval Science at Texas University and is the head of the Marine Corps Junior RQTC Unit at New Braun fels High School Of Americas strike last night on Baghdad Reid said there must have been valu able targets of opportunity on our target Reid also said he believes America had operatives on the ground in or near Bagh dad directing that strike Hitting Saddam Hussein with a cruise missile would be a stroke of luck not likely to happen Perhaps Reid said American forces were dropping a huge pound bomb in Baghdad in order to gain support of free dom fighters and to psycho logically destabilize Sad dams regime And turning from psycho logical operations Reid pre dicted strategy He said the center of grav ity or aim of the campaign will be to take out or cut off Saddam Hussein Then all other objectives will be attacked on a time line And the battlefield Reid said will be prepared with artillery along the borders and cruise missiles bombers and attack aircraft Reid supposed the ground troops were moving into attack positions last night while the battlefield was being prepared Itll let the troops rest and get them out of the Reid said With a full moon coming the next night and a vernal See INSIDE Key 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