@ The Pentagon is gearing up for an attack in mid-November, just after the US elections. Such an attack might be delayed several months if different strategies are selected, but at least some kind of workable war plan is ready for the immediate post-election period. The White House has shown no interest in an inspection regime as this would take three or four months to set up and even then would probably be easy for Iraq to fool.
@ The Iraqis appear to have built chemical and biological weapons production labs in cargo trailers and move them around so that they cannot be located.
@ When the war starts, the US will have already read (via hacking) most of the computer files in the Iraqi government. Most Iraqi computers will fail on the first day of the war due to new microwave weapons used by the US.
@ US and British attacks on Iraqi air defense sites (part of the continuing No Fly Zone mission) are expanding to include any identified headquarters, communications node, support structure, radar, or weapon site. The US intends that the Iraqi air defenses will already be seriously degraded before the actual war even starts. These attacks are pushing closer to the regional air defense headquarters at Talili and Mosul. The US wants particularly to destroy the nodes for the buried fiber-optic networks, forcing Iraq to rely on radio and microwave communications that are more easily intercepted and infiltrated.
@ You won't know it happened, but the key indicator that war is imminent will be the deployment of B-2 bombers to Diego Garcia. They can bomb Iraq three times as often from that bases as they can from Missouri, and not tie up the critically short fleet of tankers.
@ Iraq has modified L-29 jet trainers to act as unmanned delivery systems for chemical and biological weapons, basically turning them into huge cruise missiles.--Stephen V Cole
The Coming War With Iraq