Naval War College Review

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The Case for Targeting Leadership in War


Bruce A. Ross


Following the 1986 air raid on Libya, administration officials vehemently denied that Libyanleader Muammer Qadhafi had been a target. Secretary of State Georde Schultz stated flatly, "We oppose that sort of thing." During Desert Shield, when the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Michael J. Dugan suggessted Saddam Hussein might be a target, he was summarily dismissed. President George Bush insisted, "We're not targeting any individual"; as General Schwarzkopf added, "That's not the way we fight wars anyway."

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