Attack on Iraq: game or not?

Friday, April 11th, 2003 - 7:23 pm PDT

With the fall of Baghdad to US forces, Iraq’s UN ambassador Mohammed Al-Douri declared on Wednesday that “the game is over”. Asked to respond to Al-Douri’s comment, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said: “Well, I would say it wasn’t a game, first.” Then today the US Defense Department issued a custom deck of playing cards to thousands of US troops in Iraq, each card bearing the face of an Iraqi senior official the US wants pursued, captured, or killed. Commented one US defense official, “Clearly this is one game in which we will end up holding the ace of spades.”