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FOX SPECIAL REPORT WITH BRIT HUME (18:00) March 11, 2003

White House Works Towards Compromise in U.N. Resolution

HUME: Thanks very much, Simon.

The U.S. Air Force tested a new 21,000-pound bomb today, the biggest conventional bomb in the U.S. arsenal. Pentagon officials hope the test will pave the way for use of a weapon against critical targets on the surface and underground, should there be a war in Iraq.

Fox News Pentagon correspondent Bret Baier reports.

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BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A C-130, flying high above the Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle dropped the biggest and newest Conventional bomb in the U.S. arsenal today. The first live test of the MOAB, massive ordnance air blast.

The 21,000-pound bomb is the big brother of the 15,000-pound Daisy Cutter seen here. The MOAB though, is GPS-guided and can create a 10,000- foot plume, a mushroom cloud that resembles a nuclear bomb blast.

JOHN PIKE, GLOBALSECURITY.ORG: Most of the bombs that the U.S. military uses is sort of the size of a TV set or size of a refrigerator. This one's more like the size of a small truck.

BAIER: Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was a little less descriptive today.

RUMSFELD: This is not small.

BAIER: Senior defense officials said the MOAB will be used in Iraq if the president orders action there. The massive bomb is capable of taking out large numbers of troops or even entire buildings. But the biggest effect would be psychological, scaring Iraqi troops.

RUMSFELD: The goal is to have the capabilities of the Coalition so clear and so obvious that there is an enormous disincentive for the Iraqi military to fight against the Coalition and there's an enormous incentive for Saddam Hussein to leave and spare the world a conflict.

BAIER: Today, the man who would run a war with Iraq was in Cairo. General Tommy Franks met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in a five- nation tour of the region in preparation for possible war.

Fighter jets from the USS Constellation continue to fly patrols over Iraq's Southern No-Fly Zone today, adding to the growing numbers of U.S. planes in the skies.

GEN. RICHARD MYERS, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF: We are now flying several hundred Sorties a day with 200 or 300 over the Southern No- Fly Zone. During these operations we responded twice yesterday to repeated firings on Coalition aircraft.

BAIER: The Pentagon released this gun camera video from an F-15E, dropping a laser-guided bomb on a mobile radar unit in western Iraq yesterday.

Talking to a veterans group in Washington, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today, a confrontation is looming.

PAUL WOLFOWITZ, DEPUTY DEFENSE SECRETARY: If he will not disarm voluntarily, we will do it for him by force and his regime will join the Taliban in the dustbin of history.

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With the whole spectrum of psychological operations, the Pentagon hopes to encourage Iraqi soldiers not to fight and they truly believe in the first days of war, that will happen -- Brit.

HUME: Bret, thanks very much.

We will have more on the Pentagon's strategy to discourage Iraq from fighting later in the broadcast. But next on SPECIAL REPORT, Iraq after Saddam, the Pentagon's been thinking about that, too. And today was talking about it as well. We'll tell you what was said next.


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