“When this election’s over, you’ll see us move very vigorously,” said one senior administration official involved in strategic planning, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“Once you’re past the election, it changes the political ramifications” of a large-scale offensive, the official said. “We’re not on hold right now. We’re just not as aggressive.”
This sounds suspiciously like the 4-6 day pause widely reported about ten days into the invasion of Iraq. As you may recall, some units DID actually pause, and some even pulled back to reposition and get in “line” with the rest of the assault. But other units kept up the attack or even raced ahead under cover of the much-reported “pause”.
It seems to me that if we were, indeed, going to pause until after the elections, we would not be saying so out loud. I don’t know that this means a major offensive is coming, but I’d be pretty surprised if this report is true.