Meet Mr. "Shock and Awe."

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April 1 2003 6:39 PM

Meet Mr. "Shock and Awe"

Harlan Ullman says they're doing it wrong.

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Are Ullman's criticisms legitimate, or is he merely protecting his theory from a potentially devastating real-world test? We can't know. Certainly, there can't be anyone in the Pentagon who disagrees that achieving all these goals would be very helpful to the war effort. But even Ullman says he doesn't know whether they are achievable under the present circumstances. And it's anybody's guess as to whether they'd be sufficient.

Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His  book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.