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TERMINAL RUN ARRIVES

One of the defining moments in the life of a book is the moment you first look at the cover for the first time, which is much like gazing in the face of your newly delivered baby.

I can remember each "first look" experience. This one was a bit different. It was 6:30 pm on September 16, 2002. My wife was running around trying to get showered and packed for an emergency trip to D.C. to see her friend in the hospital, who at the age of 37 has terminal brain cancer. I'm in boxers and T-shirt giving my too-tired two-year-old a bath, or at least trying to – she's screaming, water's splashing all over hell, my wife is wondering aloud where her brush is, and the doorbell rings. I exclaim, "who the hell is at the damned door at this damned hour?" (Except I didn't say "damned.") "Just don't answer it!" my wife yells. For those who have followed the Pacino series, lovely and high spirited Patricia DiMercurio is the model for Colleen O'Shaughnessy Pacino, the love of the admiral's life. "Okay!" I shout back. The door went unanswered. Patti brings the baby's bottle up. "Who was it?" I ask. "UPS guy," she says dismissively, her bag in hand. "Love you, gotta go." "Drive safely," I tell her.

Two hours later, the house ghostly quiet – baby asleep, wife gone – there on my oak library table is a UPS envelope from Penguin. By this time, after fifteen rounds with an exhausted two-year-old, I'm too bleary eyed to open it up. Probably, I think, it's just more copies of the new BARRACUDA FINAL BEARING, complete with a kick-ass cover, but my book shelf is filled with them. I fade away in bed, the 0400 alarm clock blaring me awake after what seems like two minutes.

I pour that four o'clock cup of coffee and enter the office and plop down on the leather command chair to begin the next chapter of TITLE CLASSIFIED when I see the UPS envelope sitting forlornly there in the dim light of the office table lamps. I shrug and open it up.

Four copies of TERMINAL RUN fall out, with a note from Doug Grad, Penguin Putnam's crack editor: "Enclosed are some early copies of TERMINAL RUN, hot off the presses. It looks great! Congratulations!"

It's hard not to feel wet eyes at that moment, after all the struggles and all-nighters and rewrites and self-doubt, but there it is – bright white cover, the author's name as big as the title –

TERMINAL RUN
by Michael DiMercurio
"A Master Rivaling Tom Clancy"
– Publishers Weekly

I flip through the dedication (to Patti, of course) to the quotes and to that first sentence, the one that took me a month to write:

"It had been a month since he had flown to Washington to demand a demotion."

It was all I could do to not open it up and read it to the back cover – there's a new novel on deadline, I reminded myself. Time to read it later.

Still, I can't wait…

Please get TERMINAL RUN before they run out, and write me an E-mail telling me what you think.

Welcome aboard and rig for dive!

For those of you who don't know the TERMINAL RUN blurb:

One ship could revolutionize submarine warfare as we know it: the USS Snarc. A robotic combat sub carrying no crew, the Snarc has proven unbeatable in sea trials. And now, it has fallen into the hands of an unseen enemy.

The Snarc's first casualty: the nuclear sub carrying the son of retired Admiral Michael Pacino. The only man who can match wits with the Snarc, Pacino re-enters the game in a high-tech underwater battle unlike any that's been fought before, one that could engulf the world in war—and bring him face to face with his most hated nemesis…

Terminal Run The explosive new techno-thriller from former submarine officer Michael DiMercurio

"Compelling and visionary. DiMercurio's characters run as deep as his submarines themselves!"

-- Joe Buff, author of CRUSH DEPTH and THUNDER IN THE DEEP

More:

http://www.terminalrun.com/books/tr.htm

To All Readers In Receipt of USS Devilfish Patrol Report:

I just want to thank you for your replies. I didn't expect to be as swamped with E-mails as I now am (the Patrol Report got me as much mail as THREAT VECTOR), but I'm extremely encouraged by all the replies, and I'm going to get a reply out to everyone.

What brings a tear to my eye is the amazing number of people who wrote: "What took you so long? We've been waiting impatiently since THREAT VECTOR…" So much of this work is thankless – you bleed over a manuscript through the wee hours of the morning, send it in, and don't hear anything for weeks, then finally get up your nerve to call your editor, and when you ask what he thought, he says, "Well, yeah, it's great, as usual. You need to redo the ending, but otherwise it kicks ass. Why do you ask?" I suppose even Hemingway would put a book in the mail and wonder if anyone would like it, but it doesn't matter how many bestsellers have your name on them – you always wonder, how did I do on this one, and is anyone still reading my stuff?

The long waits are a thing of the past – I have two deadlines in less than a year, and the next book, TITLE CLASSIFIED, is just amazing. Watch the news section of the website and future editions of the USS Devilfish Patrol Report for news of this novel. By the way, the name of it is not TITLE CLASSIFIED, although it does have a ring to it, but there are those people out there who would rip off one of my titles for their own work, so I have to keep titles under wraps until the book is nearing publication.

Meanwhile, enjoy TERMINAL RUN, write me an immediate E-mail once you get to the last page, and get THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO SUBMARINES and let me know what you think of that as well!

Thanks again for writing me, and standby for more submarine fiction.

Take care, and see you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio
Princeton, NJ

Naval Submarine League Events: Reunions

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USS BERGALL(SS-320/SSN-667)
Duluth, MN (SSVI Convention)
Sep. 16-22 2002 Contact: Don Basham
8638 Woodward Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone: 703-799-7777 (H)
Phone: 202-616-5343 (W)
E-mail: bashamd@ix.netcom.com
USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601)
New Orleans, LA. 26-27 Sept. 2003
Contact: Tim VeArd
P.O. Box 33666
Indialantic.FL. 32903
Phone: 321-722-0220
Fax: 321-722-1080
E-mail: tveard@ssbn601.com
Web Site: www.ssbn601.com
USS ETHAN ALLEN (SSBN/SSN 608)
Gaithersburg, MD OCT 4-6 2002
Contact: Herb Richardson
8952 Centerway Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Phone: (301) 977-6233
E-mail: Intrepid@ssbn608.org
Web Site: www.ssbn608.org
USS Sablefish Reunion (SS-303)
Groton, Ct. Nov. 15-16, 2002
All officer personnel from 1945 to 1969
Contact: Lt. Donald Madura
E-mail: seawolf42@snet.net
USS NAUTILUS (SSN571) & (SS178)
New London, CT October 3-6, 2002
Contact: Walt Lincoln
One Butter Brook Hill
New Milford, CT 06776
Phone: 860-355-1822
Email: cilincoln@snet.net

Submarine Class Reunion.
Members of the Submarine Officer's Class that graduated June 1950 and any other shipmates of that vintage are welcome to attend a reunion. It will be in San Antonio, TX November 5, 6 & 7. The three day event includes hospitality room at the hotel, dinner get-togethers, and a trip to visit the Admiral Nimitz Musuem and the Pacific War Museum at Fredericksburg, TX. Please contact Bob Thomas for details.
Capt R. E. Thomas USN (Ret)
3712 Southernwood Way
San Diego, CA 92106-2965
(619) 222-2036
E-mail: rethomas@earthlink.net

[MD LOGO] Joint Undersea Warfare Technology Conference ("The Clambake"):
"Transformation and Innovation in Undersea Warfare" -- 16-19 Sep 2002, Mon-Thurs, at SUBASE New London. Presented by the National Defense Industrial Association, Undersea Warfare Division (NDIA-UWD), in cooperation with NUWC; Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and Commander, Naval Submarine Base New London.

THIS CONFERENCE IS CLASSIFIED SECRET - NOFORN

Email of the month!

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Subject: Message reply
From: "cherokee222"
To:

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SUBJ: ORDERS AUTHENTICATION
1. ORDERS RECIEVED, AUTHENTICATE ONE FIVE FOUR NOVEMBER DELTA FOXTROT QUEBEQ TANGO.
2. THIS UNIT IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH SPECIFIED ORDERS, HAVE ALREADY RE-DIRECTED YOUR MESSAGE TO OTHER COMMANDS WHO HAVE CLEARANCE AND THE NEED TO KNOW. EXPECT AUTHENTICATION FROM SAID COMMANDS.
3. UNDERSTOOD, COMPLETION OF ORDERS TO BE FOLLOWED BY MESSAGE TO READERMAIL@terminalrun.com. COMMENTS TO FOLLOW.
4. PERSONAL FROM CO USS DORADO,
Michael,
I sent you an email a while back, and you sent me a reply. I still remeber the words you sent. my e-mail told you how much we sailors love your words, your stories, your books, and I asked one thing, that you keep on writing, it is with great joy that I recieved your FLASH message, and this is the best orders any CO could want.........I cant wait until Sept......Terminal Run ...geez I am telling all my guys about it...you are still the most amesone writer about subs... Glad your are back on the quarterdeck, commander, you still have the watch...and alot of peaple here in PacFLT know you well, from every where on the west coast.
5. ROE: WILL IDENDIFY AND ENGAGE, UPON FINDING DIRECTED ORDERS, WILL SEND VERIFICATION. Michael,,, so glad you are still writing,,,I will tell everyone.....
6. Assement: Ship at test depth.....ready for anything, the waterfront is always the same......I cant wait for your book... pls do not stop writing..THIS CO would like to keep you as the most best author in the community.

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Subject Re: Message reply From Michael DiMercurio Date Mon, September 2, 2002 To: cherokee222

Commander,

Perfectly formatted reply. We'll post it as email of the month!

Hope you'll write in when you finish TERMINAL RUN. Many cc's of blood/sweat/tears invested!

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: USS Devilfish Patrol Report
From: Spiff224
To: readermail@terminalrun.com

Mr. DiMercurio:

It's immaterial, since you've likely read in excess of a thousand pieces of email since I first contacted you, but I'll say anyway that I've written you before and that it was a privelege then and it is now. The fact that you keep your mailbox available to readers does not go unappreciated, least of all by me.

I just wanted to let you know how pleased and excited I am at the imminent release of Terminal Run and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Submarines. I started following the adventures of Michael Pacino when I was a sixth-grader in '95, reading Voyge of the Devilfish and every sequel thereafter. In fact, it was the style and voice of that very book which I sought to emulate in some of my first abortive writing attempts, and I say with absolute honesty that my writing style as a sophomore in college still benefits from those early imitations. I've written two novels for myself (publishing not intended), about 700 pages in all, and books in the "Pacino series" have been the model for both of them (my last novel, "18 Minutes," was about a high-school senior class vacation aboard an ocean liner, cut short by a Libyan 877-class Russian import submarine attack; sort of a blend of Titanic and Threat Vector -- your name was featured in the acknowledgements).

I'm majoring in theater with a creative writing minor -- hardly the engineering-and-math, blood-and-guts educational foundations of a submariner, but every time I pick up a dog-eared DiMercurio novel for the fiftieth time, I feel a little twinge of regret for not joining the Navy and going for my dolphins. Looking at the technical specs for the subs in Terminal Run has already got me fired up (Vortexes in the aft ballast tanks of the Piranha?! What the hell's going on?), and the first chapter of TCIGTS kept me at my chair for the full twenty minutes it took to read it. Reading about the next of your books coming back to the modern day was reassuring, and the classified project sounds intriguing (NSA?); keep cranking them out!

You've got a lot of mail to respond to, so don't feel obligated to reply to this one -- just know that you've had a huge impact in at least one young American writer's life. No thanks could ever be enough.

Good hunting and take care.

Michael R. Fisher

Subject Re: Message reply
From Michael DiMercurio
Date Mon, September 2, 2002
To: Spiff224

Hi Michael,

Usually reading and answering emails on the ussDevilfish site are in the category of "promotion," that sector of activities geeky authors hate (and at which they suck). However, every year or so I get one like yours that makes me brush a tear from my eye. It sort of makes all those thankless three o'clock in the morning sessions worth it.

I hope you'll stay tuned and let me know how you like TERMINAL RUN...

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: USS Devilfish Patrol Report
From: "Chappell, Damian P"
To: "'terminalrun.com'"

michael,

1. this must be the best promo email I have ever seen - it seems as though your literary talents and imagination extend way beyond your magnificent books - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

2. clicking through to amazon now... 8)

SOUND MINDS AND STOUT HEARTS CHAPPELL SENDS

cheers

damian chappell

Subject Re: Message reply
From Michael DiMercurio
Date Mon, September 2, 2002
To: Damien Chappell

Hi Damian,

Great to hear from you! I hope you'll let me know how you like TERMINAL RUN and the Complete Idiot's Guide to Submarines.

I'm expecting your email one week after the pub dates!

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Comments
From: "Tim Farwell"
To: readermail@terminalrun.com

Sir;

Just wanted to drop a quick note to tell you how much I've enjoyed your books. I'm reading Threat Vector now (excellent, by the way.) I had started off with Barracuda Final Bearing several years ago, and must say that you pulled me through some of the boring times as a midnight shift police officer. I've worked my way through your series, with just a couple more to go. I would love to see one of your stories made into a movie, being as much of a movie buff as a book lover. Its amazing to me how many people try to compare you with Tom Clancy, but I think its not possible. I think that if you look for technical jargon, you read Clancy (which we all have, but still like his Red October more than his later work). If you are looking for good story writing and characters with thought and feeling, you must read DiMercurio or P.T. Duetermann (another favorite of mine. Have you read his work?). Anyway, keep up the good work. How about a Shallow Water Navy story about us Coasties out there? (lol) Take care.

Timothy A. Farwell
Maine

Hi Tim,

Thanks so much for your email. I had to chuckle at your reference to Mr. Clancy. During the Kursk crisis Tommy embarrassed himself by saying the trapped crew were sitting back smoking cigars awaiting rescue, something a nonqual would say who's never lived through a few minutes of atmospheric control equipment shutdown (as someone who has, I can tell you -- two minutes without the atmospheric control and you're miserable, breathing exhaled air, CO and CO2). Meanwhile, I said they were probably losing consciousness...It would be like an insurance salesman writing about being a cop! A good sub story's got to have technical accuracy but still have soul, the kind Hemingway would put into a sub yarn. The thing that drove me nuts about Clancy's work is the dialogue -- the control room sounds like it does in THREAT VECTOR. Enough said about the nonqual!

I wish I could say I've seen Deutermann. I think he may be published through my editor, and seems to know what he's talking about. Sort of the thrust of James Webb, one of my literary heroes. If I write with a tenth of the soul of that guy, I'll be happy.

Anyway, hope you'll stay tuned for the upcoming TERMINAL RUN, coming out Sept 23, and that you'll radio in with a report on it.

Take care,

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: TERMINAL RUN
From: Willem van Hemmen
To: readermail@terminalrun.com

What do you think? I've read those books already forward, backward, upside down, on the ground, in bed, on my chair. Probably I know more about those books than you do:-) I'm buidling a Dimerucrio booskshelf here. Your task is to fill it.. Would 1 meter be enough?:-)

As i told before. I'll be patient.

Regards,
Willem van Hemmen
http://home.kabelfoon.nl/~kowi

----- Original Message -----
From: Michael DiMercurio
To: Willem van Hemmen
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002
Subject: TERMINAL RUN

Hi Willem,

I think some of my other books are printed in Holland. Voyage of the Devilfish and Attack of the Seawolf...I hope that will keep you satisfied until Terminal Run comes out!

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Terminal Run in French version?
From: Jocelyne VELAT
To: readermail@terminalrun.com

Hi Michael,

I'm one of your french fan. My name is Fabrice and I'd like to tell to you my great satisfaction to read your novel. I hope my english isn't too bad ...Since I read your books, I become more interested in SUBs and UBOOT from II War. All persons in stories have they own beaviour, reallistic, and the question is what the isue for Pacino ... (You probably have yet answer this question). My question is : does exist a French Version of your novel TERMINAL RUN? I've tried to know more about it with the site of denis chappuis, but the adress on the net was false. I'm now reading THREAT VECTOR and I enjoy it so much... Please Michael, write more longer novel, and more other ones. Have you got any news about movies from one your book wich could be so nice? Thanks a lot for reading me. Thanks a lot for answering at all my mails. Read you soon, and give us

Bye.
Fabrice

Subject Re: Message reply
From Michael DiMercurio
Date Mon, September 2, 2002
To: Fabrice

Bon jour Fabrice,

It was great to hear from you.

You write English very well!

TERMINAL RUN will be translated by December 02 for publication in Spring 02 in France.

The movies don't look likely because K-19 was a financial disaster for Hollywood. Now no one wants to hear about a $100 million submarine movie!

Vive la France,

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

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Subject: Really good job and thanks
From: "Tomasz Banys"
To: readermail@terminalrun.com

[SALUTE]

Michael,

I've got mixed feelings about writing the message I suspect that will not reach you, but what the hell. I decided to do so.

The reason I'm typing it now is that I happen to have discovered you today after visiting the library. There I was, browsing through action-wise positions and suddenly of all I noticed a very perfected cover with a title of "Wektor Zagrozenia" (that's obviously polish for Threat Vector).

I usually hate such books because they tend to be a bit schematic and predictable, but the title was good enough for me to open it and skim through the very first few lines.

And after two hours, to put your book aside after reading it.

I quickly got home and checked the series. I have to admit that I plan to obtain all the positions as soon as I get paid. "Threat Vector" is decidedly the best book I've read in many years. You managed to draw a perfect plot and to dose the progress in the right pace. Probably your readers keep telling you that, but you really did a good job writing this novel. You really did.

I spent all my life in a state of fascination by military history and for a few years now, I serve as kind of a leader for a small local community of enthusiasts. In fact, I find your book an obligatory position for all of those, who take leadership parts in the series of strategic and tactical military simulations I happen to run around. While reading, I kept noticing that I mumble to myself 'He's right.' and that I nod with a smile creeping up all over my face. This book clearly depicts the neccessity of true contact and the bond any good officer should have with his crew. I know this seems a nuisance, but you managed to point out leadership qualities some might have not noticed and you did it with a gallant style.

At any rate, I should keep talking nonsense and finish the letter with a simple 'thanks'. Thank you Michael, please continue writing. You did really perfectly well. Your book might influence choices people have to face and I'm grateful to have been experiencing a first really good action novel for the last few years (I say, over 10 for sure).

I'm in your debt for this fantastic cruise.

Best regards,
--Tomaas A.J. Banys
PS: Looking forward to reading your reply. :)

Subject Re: Message reply
From Michael DiMercurio
Date Mon, September 2, 2002
To: Tomasz

Hi Tomasz,

It was really great to hear from you, particularly on plot and pace and -- my favorite -- leadership. That last element is missing from most military adventure novels, making them suffer.

I went to ksiegarnia.wysylkowa.pl and saw the whole Polish series. It looks really great. I'm glad it's out there. I was worried that there might be problems with the translation, but it sounds like it came out okay.

Thanks again for your note.

The U.S. version of TERMINAL RUN comes out in two weeks, by the way.

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

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Subject: Accuracy
From: C.A. Maestas
To: readermail@terminalrun.com

Having served in the submarine force for 6 years I was impressed with your accuracy of detail. One of the few obvious "errors" is the constant referring to the SSN-637 subs as the Pirahna class instead of correctly calling it the Sturgeon class. I understand the reason for referring to SSN 666 as the Devilfish, it makes for a far better title than Hawkbill, but the Pirahna thing has me stumped. Thanks.

C.A. Maestas
(Formerly SK2(SS) Maestas, USS Tennessee Blue)

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Accuracy
From: Michael DiMercurio
To: C.A. Maestas

Hi CA,

It was good to get your email on the Sturgeon/Piranha thing. This is starting to raise its ugly head now that Voyage has been republished. I'm an old Sturgeon sailor and I was frustrated by the names. Queenfish, Puffer, Spadefish, Whale... I sailed on the only one with a decent name -- Hammerhead. So that's why I renamed the class Piranha. When I wrote the book, it was based on "wouldn't it be cool if" basis, and it became the cornerstone for the series. Had I known when I wrote it that it would get this big, I would have called a spade a spade and gone on.

Devilfish was a WWII boat that proved herself in battle. Hell of a name, no pun intended.

Hope you'll stay tuned for the others in the series.

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Writing a book
From: Sébastien LALOUETTE
To: readermail@terminalrun.com

Hello,

I just like to know how much time does it take you to write a book, for example "Terminal Run" ?

Thanks you for answering the questions of you fans !

Good bye.

Sébastien LALOUETTE, your biggest fan.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Writing a book
From: "Michael DiMercurio
To: Sébastien LALOUETTE

Hi Sébastien,

Writing a novel can take up to 3 years. The actual writing can be as little as 6 months, but the concept is worked for about a year (concurrent with finishing the previous novel). The "post production" work is very time consuming, as the editor has a hundred questions, he gives you a conceptual editing letter asking "why don't you put in a sex scene?" and you answer, "that's not what my readers want and it would never happen on a Navy vessel" and he says, "come on, you'd be good at this" and before you know it you are rewriting the middle to include a sex scene, just to prove it will never work, and then you submit it thinking, "ah hah, now my editor can clearly see a sex scene just won't do" and he replies, "perfect -- I knew you could do it!" That's just for openers. If it is a bad day, the concept critique might say, the book suffers and rewrite it all. Then, after having sweated over it, you get to toss half of it in the trash and start all over again. If it is a good day, it can be even more maddening -- on ATTACK OF THE SEAWOLF I submitted the manuscript and didn't hear back for six months, and I was terrified to ask, "what did you think?" When I finally got the courage to ask, the publisher said, "it's great, of course, why do you ask?" Then comes the line editing, in which you watch beautiful prose like "Michael Pacino sat back heavily in the command chair and exhaled, his spirit leaving him in that one breath" and watch it become "Pacino sat back, tired. Pooped was the word." (This happened in the original VOYAGE OF THE DEVILFISH, which was one reason I rewrote it.) You get the edits and do some counter-editing, and then it is time for the artwork. You go nuts because when you do the artwork, you can see that much of what you wrote has to be revised (diesel is on the lower level of the forward compartment, not the middle level of the aft compartment...). Then come the page proofs -- hopefully by this time you are finishing the next book -- and you see how the typesetter did, and there is at least one to two errors per page. "Outboard" becomes "over board" and "coveralls" somehow become "overalls" and you have to mark the thing up in red pen. Finally it is finished when the crate comes with the first editions. You open it up to the first page and immediately see...three errors in the first paragraph.

Long answer to a short question, but the goal is a book in less than a year.

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

Interview of Michael DiMercurio by The Sunday Telegraph in Sydney, Australia

Q: What do you think is the most likely scenario for a US strike against Iraq - the Gulf War 2 option? The local insurrection "Afghan War 2" option? The inside-out strike (which sounds suspiciously like Phoenix Sub Zero)? Or something completely different?

A: My problem is that I have to separate what I think should happen from what probably will happen.

As to what should happen: The U.S. needs to prove that it can perform a military mission using only U.S. forces and still achieve a victory over Iraq. While allies are best from a strategic point of view, tactically this particular mission could be achieved with just U.S. forces. The assets are all in place, including carrier battle groups and nuclear submarines bristling with cruise missiles, strike aircraft, surreptitious air and land bases in places that publicly don't support this battle but give us clandestine support behind the scenes, airborne forces, CIA covert forces and military special forces. With all that, a regime change can be achieved in one of several ways. Think of the Panama operation that took out Noriega – we didn't need much more than a carrier battle group, the Marines and the 82nd Airborne. I would probably be using covert forces to the maximum extent possible, with the mission to assassinate Saddam as the first element. The second goal would be to replace him with someone who will not be worse. The Libya bombing of the Reagan Administration purposely left Qadhafi in place, suitably disciplined, and it seemed to work. The Gulf War apparently sought to do the same with Saddam, but the result backfired. This regime change mission's goal is to finish what the Gulf War started.

As to what will probably happen: The Bush Administration is at a political crossroads, and is attempting to find popular support for the mission. If sufficient support is missing, the covert element will proceed. The covert attack (something like what was described in PHOENIX SUB ZERO) has a 50-50 chance of achieving the assassination, but a much lower chance of replacing Saddam with a more friendly leader. Note: the use of local insurrection forces is a lower probability, since there is no real Iraqi equivalent to the Afghan Northern Alliance. But covert forces usually depend on internal dissidents to achieve their missions. If more political support can be gained by Bush in the U.S. and abroad, the covert attack will shift to become an intelligence gathering apparatus, with carrier strike forces, amphibious forces and nearby-based forces attacking Baghdad. I do not think we will see the yearlong mobilization that Desert Shield required, but a more rapid attack. This force would leapfrog into town and take Saddam's security forces and bunkers until he is in custody. This mission would then attempt to set up a democracy, and continue the occupation until elections can be held.

Q: What do you rate the chances of success - will it be as cut and dried as 1991?

A: The 91 Gulf War was an exercise in the achievement of massive force superiority. Napoleon would have been proud of the huge buildup of force against a smaller, ill-equipped military. I was frustrated that the U.S. spent so much time mobilizing – the attack on Kuwait should have been answered within a month, much as we answered 9/11 with the Afghan attack within a month. But at the time, the U.S. was still shaking off its Vietnam defeat, and there was no room for a protracted battle or any significant level of U.S. casualties. Based on the political reality of 1991, the actions of the administration were correct. But we live in vastly different political and military times now. The American people fully expect that our military take risks and that they win when they do.

If sufficient forces are committed, I believe it would seem tactically more like the Afghanistan or Panamanian operations with a commensurate level of success. The level of risk is less than the Gulf War, though, because Saddam's forces have not recovered from the last U.S. assault. What raises the stakes are that we would try this with less equipment and fewer troops. In the case of the commitment of military force, I would definitely bet on the U.S. military over Saddam's sad forces.

Q: What's your personal feelings on how the people of the US would react to a war against Iraq, especially given that only Britain and Australia seem to be standing firm with America? Is there a danger of a loss of support if it drags on, or is September 11 such a defining moment of history - in the same way Pearl Harbour was last century - that the citizens of America will maintain their rage?

A: The American people, at the moment, can only see the carnage of 9/11, particularly at this one-year anniversary. If Iraq is linked to the same sort of terrorist activity as Al Quada, or linked to Al Quada itself, support for an assault against Iraq will be sufficient to allow Bush to press ahead with more than covert forces. If Bush is unable to equate Saddam with 9/11 type terrorism, political support will probably not allow a major attack. Absent a declassification of what CIA knows about Iraqi nuclear and chemical/biological weaponry, Americans may not care enough about an Iraqi regime change to give Bush any military options. Bush could press ahead, with the hope that the citizenry will see his way of thinking after the victory, but this is much less likely. Odds are that the classified information about Iraq is so frightening that its declassification would cause further erosion of the stock market and cost the Bush Administration political support, so Bush will remain in this quandary until a decision is made. All we can do now is stay tuned.

My own feelings are that we do not need an encounter session to knock over the likes of Saddam, and that with the military hardware at hand, we should go in and take care of business. But a president who thinks like this risks being defeated in the next election. The U.S. military stands ready to answer the call, but that call needs to be made, and soon.

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