Well, the stage is set and the curtain will open in just a matter of hours, but I don't think this play will get many good reviews.
I have followed the media and the public for a while now and there is a sense of "entitlement" to an all out victory that will be quick and safe. But I just don't think this will be like any other military event in recent history. The events which have preceeded this include the original Gulf War, and the conflict in Afghanistan which are in no way related to what we know face. Those other battles were like punching a school yard bully in the face and then running way.
Now, there is going to be a huge new dimension to the battle with street to street fighting as the ultimate showdown, and the only victory will be the destruction of a person who has survived a lifetime of the toughest fighting the world has ever seen.
The plan seems really simple so far for the USA. Roll in with overwhelming force and get to Baghdad as fast as we can. Then the hard part, take over a city of over 5 million people where nothing is known for certain. I think at this point all hell will break loose. Yes, the chemical and biological attacks on the way to Baghdad will be very bad, but nothing will compare to the fighting that will occurr in elementary school playgrounds and inside office buildings.
I just don't think we are ready for this. I think we are underestimating the Iraqi war machine and the obstacles we face. But only time will tell, and I hope I am wrong.