FW: A Too Easy Victory - Uri Avneri

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Mon Dec 24 14:15:35 MST 2001


Stan:

i'd be interested to hear your critique of this rah-rah:


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Use of Pinpoint Air Power Comes of Age in New War

December 24, 2001

THE AIR CAMPAIGN

Use of Pinpoint Air Power Comes of Age in New War

By ERIC SCHMITT and JAMES DAO


 WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 - At a pivotal moment in the siege of Kunduz late
 last month, a Northern Alliance commander urgently requested American
 airstrikes against several hundred Taliban soldiers and tanks massing
 on a ridge more than a mile from the city. He pleaded that the attack
 be launched within 24 hours.

 A Special Operations ground spotter immediately radioed an American
 command center in Saudi Arabia, which ordered a nearby B-52 to rain
 16 cluster bombs on the enemy forces. Flying at 30,000 feet, the
 bomber never saw its prey. But the spotter used a laser pointer to
 guide the bombs, which carried new devices that kept them on course
 through buffeting winds, enabling them to spew antiarmor bomblets
 with deadly precision.

 The Taliban force was hit not in 24 hours, but in 19 minutes.


  http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/24/international/24WEAP.html
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les schaffer


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