PRI's The World Published by PRI's The World About the Mosul offensive — did the 'element of surprise' ever matter? Listen Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/676344/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Donald Trump has criticized the Obama administration for failing to use the element of surprise in the current military offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul. But is that a valid complaint? And does it even make a difference?