That said, from what I've seen so far, it seems as if most of the Aikido strikes were intended to be blocked so that you can begin to grapple your opponent, they are simply baits, but I would think that there is more to it than just that. Again, if someone could link me to videos outlining strikes I'd definitely would like to look into that.
Strikes are baits in some cases, but there are more uses for them. Be patient, young padawan
I suggest you, as a start, to watch this clip
and to read this book
(the atemi-jutsu chapter starting at p. 45) for some samples of Aikido striking.