Let's harken back to the Gulf War.
When Saddam was stupid enough to roll into Kuwait, he probably knew in the back of his mind that he was playing a big game of chicken. What stopped him from rolling into Saudi...I don't know, but he could easily have done so with little resistance.
So, America....the world's apologist... had to roll in. To help the Saudis do what they asked us to do: protect them.
Desert Shield was a long and carefully staged build up. We wanted the Iraqis to know we were on their border and that of Kuwait. We rattled our sword...they rattled rhetoric back. The Iraqis didn't know what to expect. They were complacent in the fact that they had a very powerful armored force. They had an "elite" republican guard. They spent several months digging in and fortifying bunkers. Saddam rallied his citizens. We drew a line in the sand and came up with a date. Saddam shrugged it off and rallied his citizens. After all, they had lived through years of a brutal, World War I style war in the trenches with Iran and made it through.
On the night Desert Storm began, the USA and its allies unleashed a hailstorm of armament from the air--the likes of which Saddam never could imagine.
30 days and nights of all out boming. It became psychological operations. The Iraqis were scared shitless of our airpower. As they sat, safe in their bunkers...they wondered if and when the next 400lb bomb may just penetrate their wall. They lived in their own piss and shit...among rats and centipedes. Some days, American airpower would instead drop leaflets and let the Iraqis know just what is coming next. One day, leaflets were dropped on a bunker unit near the border. The leaflets said that a very large weapon would be dropped the next day and that they should leave. The next day, instead of F-16s, A6s, or A-10s, a C-130 appeared low in the skies. It did a lazy, wide circle over the bunker compound. Some Iraqis came out to watch as the rear ramp of the aircraft came down. Their last moments must have been utter surprise as the pallet containing a daisy cutter blew their world to shit. Every time after that, our leaflets were honored.
When our ground forces rolled in, it was all over but the crying.
Here's the deal. Desert Storm/Desert Shield was long and carefully thought out...just the way this next one will be. We'll attack when we're good and ready. The results will be beyond devastating. Expect some pretty heady psychological ops to take place.
Taking this a step forward...I think it would be great if Bin Laden holed up in a cave in the mountains. We'll bomb it every day while he lives in his own piss and shit like the Iraqis did in their pathetic bunkers. We'll drop leaflets on his compadres and follow through with the threat. A crater will replace his training camp of jungle jims and monkey bars.
They have no idea what they are going to deal with.