The U.S. is capable of using ‘overwhelming force’ all by itself. Turkey would be useful to open up a second front and force Saddam to spread his defensive forces thinly, but it’s not necessary.
I think these criticisms are off-base. Let’s look at the five items:
A) Define Your Objective - This is clear as can be. The disarming of Iraq. The elimination of the Saddam regime.
B) - Use Overwhelming Force - With or without Turkey, the U.S. can drop 3,000 smart bombs on Iraqi C&C within 24 hours, and maintain that pace of bombing for weeks if necessary. And I predict that the U.S. will have Turkey on board, and probably lots of other countries in the region as well, once they all start realizing that the war is about to start. That’s what happened in Gulf I - there was far more resistance to that war then than there is for the current war - until the shooting was about to start. Then suddenly, the countries in the region came on board at a run. For a simple reason - if war is inevitable, you want to be on the winning side.
C) Fight Wars You Can Win - Is there anyone who doubts this?
D) Secure Public Support - Assuming we’re talking about the American people, mission accomplished. No, he doesn’t have European support, but he doesn’t need it in the context of the war. European support is useful for the rebuilding, and to prevent diplomatic fallout. But in the context of the Powell doctrine, ‘support’ means the American people. And they support the war.
E) Have a Clear Exit Strategy - Done. The administration’s plans for a post-Hussein Iraq have been floating around for months. In case you missed it, the plan calls for an occupation of 18-24 months, with a civilian governor either drawn from the Iraqi people or appointed by the U.N. During this time, a government will be set up as a Republic, to ensure that the various factions get equal representation. During this period of time, army engineers and civilian contracts from around the world will rebuild the country, using Iraqi oil revenue to pay for it. After this period, the occupation will end, most of the troops will go home, and a peacekeeping force will stay if necessary. I imagine the U.S. will also retain several large bases on the order of the Prince Sultan base in Saudi Arabia.
Powell’s plan is alive and well.
Oh, and don’t worry about Saddam vanishing like Bin Laden. Bin Laden is a guerilla, used to living in caves and travelling in small groups. If Saddam flees the country, his activities will stand out like a searchlight. Unless his only interest is survival, in which case I suppose he could fade away, but he’d also stop being a threat. So while it might not be good PR, it’s irrelevant from a military standpoint. But almost certainly Saddam wouldn’t be able to hide. If he left his security behind, he’d be dead soon anyway. Bin Laden may be a hero among many Muslims who will protect him, but Saddam will have no friends once he is out of power.