Were the “Weapons's of Mass Destruction” Saddam's Bluff?
It looks like nearly every part pf Saddam's strategy was based on deception. Many of the Iraqi aircraft were simply painted on the runway. They made soldiers fight at gunpoint as decoys intended to look like outraged citizens defending their homeland. I suspect the initial retreat was intended as a decoy strategy to make it look as if they were luring us into a nonexistent trap. The mysterious absence of “weapons's of mass destruction” now also looks like a bluff. The looting looks much less than estimated. That may also have been a decoy of post-takeover chaos.
In other words, the ability of Arabs to bluff has disappeared.