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#1 Six jets at ~ 40 million apiece (not 30, as the article says) equals about a quarter of a billion dollars damage.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2012-09-16 10:54||
#2 How should we extract the price of these lives and the damage to our Harriers? And consider our Ambassador and his security personnel in Libya who were killed. Are we still on the apology tour and putting out PC BS or is someone going to grow a set and get serious about smacking someone real hard?
Posted by JohnQC 2012-09-16 11:28||
#3 Remember Elphinstone.
Posted by Nimble Spemble 2012-09-16 12:13||
#4 Especially what happened to him at the end.
Posted by Steve White 2012-09-16 13:05||
#5 That's about what, 1/4 of the RAF Harrier force? The Argentines must be jealous. Looks like time to return some of those "surplus" the USMC got.
Posted by Shipman 2012-09-16 14:37||
#6 So ... a total of three coordinated attacks in one week: Afghanistan, Sinai, Libya. Maybe all these attacks are just random timing. But they all involved coordinated strategies, and they certainly benefited from the confusion surrounding the embassy riots.
You have to ask yourself - is AQ as "dead" as everyone believes? Were the embassy riots done as a cover, while AQ mounted several major attacks in different parts of the Middle East?? That is something that analysts are going to have to look at very carefully.
Posted by Raider 2012-09-16 14:42||
#7 All were quite "spontaneous" Raider. I say again "spontaneous".
Posted by Besoeker 2012-09-16 14:58||
#8 "All caused by the Muslim Worlds' outrage at Mitt Romney. Yeah, that's the ticket!"
Posted by Frank G 2012-09-16 15:31||
Coalition military authorities in Afghanistan say the insurgents who attacked a British airfield in southwestern Afghanistan on Friday, killing two U.S. Marines, wore U.S. Army uniforms and destroyed six Harrier figher jets.
They said in a statement Saturday that about 15 insurgents carried out the attack, describing the attack as well coordinated by insurgents who were "well equipped, trained and rehearsed." Fourteen of the 15 were killed. One was captured.
They said attackers penetrated the base's perimeter and were armed with automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and suicide vests. Besides destroying six planes, they destroyed three refueling stations on the base and damaged six aircraft hangars.
Coalition authorities have not yet identified the two Marines killed. Eight military members and one civilian contractor were also injured in the assault.
Posted by Au Auric 2012-09-16 16:14||
#10 As per both FOX + CNN AM, AFAIK these Harriers were USMC AV-8B's, NOT RAF???
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-09-16 21:18||
#11 The United States won't do anything with its current leadership in power. After Jan 20, 2013, I hope Mitt Romney announces, on DAY 1, that from this point forward, the United States will retaliate in kind to ANY muslim attack, anywhere in the world. At the same time, he needs to meet with the head of Strategic Command and plan a multi-plane ARCLIGHT strike on the Afghan/Pak border. Start just a few miles east of the Iranian border and continue to within a few miles of Khyber Pass. It may mean taking a few hundred aircraft out of "Strategic reserve", but that's ok. Let the rabble experience just once the full, unleashed might of the US military, so they understand that Day-1 promise. People will be climbing over one another to turn in Al Qaeda, just for THEIR safety. Being a wimp will get your clock cleaned, and not much else. Obama is a wimp cubed.