If the U.S. military attacks targets in Iraq, it’ll be a long way from the “shock and awe” bombing campaign that opened the 2003 war. Think of it more like a delicate smattering of smaller bombs and missiles designed to pick off elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as they try to consolidate the gains they have made over the past week against the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki.
Ideally, you’d want to base your aircraft as close to your targets as possible, to maximize the number of sorties each plane could fly, instead of spending hours en route to the targets. The U.S. may press Maliki for permission to base U.S. aircraft inside Iraq, if the White House agrees that doesn’t violate President Obama’s bar on putting combat troops inside the country. They also could be based in the Kurdish north of the country, or in neighboring nations.
But missiles without good intelligence to guide them to the right targets are simply indiscriminate IEDs that could kill friendly forces, or even civilians. That’s why some military experts argue there need to be U.S., or at least allied, spotters on the ground—no one is willing to trust targets selected by Maliki’s military—to ensure destruction happens in the right place. “You could put [U.S.] Special Forces on the ground with the Iraqis to advise them and get frontline intelligence and to control air strikes,” says Anthony Zinni, a retired four-star Marine general who served as chief of U.S. Central Command. But that, too, could run afoul of Obama’s bar on U.S. troops on the ground inside Iraq.
Daily Archives: June 15, 2014
So it’s Father’s Day, and what better way to spend the morning than blasting guns with one’s daughter? Alas, while Sarah did agree to accompany me to the range, we encountered Libertarian Advocate at the place and he insisted she try his Sig-Sauer P226. She did, and promptly abandoned me and my beautiful Freedom Arms 97, spending the rest of the morning with LA’s gun, and him, blasting paper.
I can live with that indignity, but I’m saddened to think that a daughter of mine could be seduced by an ugly chunk of black
metal plastic when there was a jewel of hand craftsmanship ready and waiting.
I blame her mother’s genes (or Bush). As for Libertarian Advocate, the heck with him, the bastard!
Roger Simon: “This is a moment when we need a Churchill and what we have is the man who sent Churchill’s bust home.”
Earlier in the day, Obama had flown from Palm Springs to Los Alamitos, helicoptered to Orange County, and rode in a motorcade to an ocean-view house in Laguna Beach. Crowds four-to-six people deep stood along Pacific Coast Highway to cheer him, according to a pool reporter in the motorcade
Traffic on Laguna Beach’s only major north-south street was blocked for the presidential motorcade, and crowds were four-to-six people deep, according to a pool reporter.
The presidential 747 had touched down on schedule at 9 a.m. at Los Alamitos Army Airfield.
A trip to California with two 747s and dozens of 3-mph-limousines for fundraising, golf. Barry’s chief objection to global warming, it seems, is that he thinks it’s causing California’s drought, and that will raise to cost of watering his favorite golf playgrounds.
Savior of the free world.
I thought it was next week! Indian wins “smallest penis” contest in Brooklyn.
Participants in Brooklyn’s “Smallest Penis” Contest came out swinging Saturday — giving men who usually get the shaft a chance to flaunt their teenie weenies in their tighty whities.
Rajeeve Gupta, a Fulbright scholar from India, was crowned the wiener of the second annual sausage show, held at Bushwick’s Kings County Bar.
“I’m so happy!” said Gupta, 28, after winning the wet-thong contest and performing a Bollywood dance in the talent competition.
“Hopefully I’ll meet someone because of this.”
“We always have a lot of contestants but at the last minute they pull out,” said bar owner Aimee Arciuolo