of Defense Donald Rumsfeld cautioned
press conference yesterday that as American troops advance toward Baghdad,
the danger will intensify. The ever-present threat of biological and chemical
weapons, deceptive tactics by the enemy (including faked surrenders and
the use of human shields), punishing weather (sand storms with 100-mile-an-hour
wind gusts), sleep deprivation, and fierce enemy resistance face our men
and women on the field.
American prisoners of war face an uncertain fate at the hands of Iraqi
captors. Thankfully, after initial brutality to POW’s was
by Arab television, the Iraqi government issued a statement ordering that
US PRAY the words of Psalm 144:1-8 for our troops today:
be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my
for war, my fingers for battle. He is my
God and my fortress, my stronghold and
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
subdues peoples under me….
your heavens, O Lord and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies; shoot your
and rout them. Reach down your hand
on high; deliver me and rescue me from
mighty oaters from the hands of foreigners
mouths are full of lies, whose right