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U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Dania Gallardo holds up a tote board to communicate with the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 12, 2012. Bonhomme Richard was under way participating in certification exercise in preparation for a scheduled deployment. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson, U.S. Navy/Released)

U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Dania Gallardo holds up a tote board to communicate with the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 12, 2012. Bonhomme Richard was under way participating in certification exercise in preparation for a scheduled deployment. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson, U.S. Navy/Released)

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  1. Speaking of Harriers, I read that six of them were destroyed during that attack. I wonder how those will be replaced since there are not enough of them as it is.

  2. Here is a link on the attack.

    The 15 insurgents conducting the attack lost no time from the moment they blew a hole in the perimeter at one of the closest points to the airfield, military officials said. They then raced toward their targets, shooting and setting fire to parked Marine AV-8B Harrier jets and destroying three refueling stations, even as a quick reaction force was mustering to fight them off, a military official said.

    Six of the jets, which each cost between $23 million and $30 million when they were first acquired by the United States Navy, according to a General Accounting Office report, were completely destroyed and two more were so severely damaged it was unlikely they could be repaired.

  3. This whole Afghanistan thing about trying to turn a 7th century culture into a 21st century democracy is not only ludicrous, but impossible. It just ain’t gonna happen, and the powers to be back in 2001 were either plain stupid or naive if they thought they could pull it off by doing another D-Day invasion.

    Having said that the intercession into the country was absolutely necessary since al-Qaeda in Afghanistan were as thick as maggots on a week old corpse and their Taliban bros were assisting them.

    The only effective way and with the fewest friendly casualities in brute total destruction. If I were Bush back in 2001 I would have called up Boeing, Raytheon, and various “iron bomb” manufacturers and told them to start working 3-shifts making B-52’s, B1’s, B2’s, Tomahawk cruise missile and 500, 750, 1,000, 2,000 lb bombs and keep working till I told them to stop.

    I wouldn’t commit any ground troops but I’d do a Gen. Curtis LeMay on the country till every living thing was turned into a pink mist and the sand was melted into glass.

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