UPDATE 7: Welcome Malkin readers! I’d like to immediately point out that while I write mostly about the military and military-related news, I am not nor have I ever been in the armed forces. I also fully support the use of our military to promote freedom and justice. If that makes me a chickenhawk, then I’m a chickenhawk. I have nothing but admiration for our men and women in uniform, which should be evident from a quick glance around MO.
It’s all Bush’s fault. Before we unilaterally invaded Iraq no one would have ever thought of attacking US Navy ships in Middle Eastern ports.
Anyway, if these really were Katyusha-type rockets, it’s not a big surprise that they missed. Especially if they were in a hurry to shoot and scat.
I’m wondering why the Phalanx CIWS (R2-D2) anti-air systems didn’t open up. The Ashland has two and the Kearsarge has three.
And then there’s this:
and another falling close to a nearby airport in neighboring Israel
Missing American ships and accidentally hitting Israel isn’t the sort of error I’d make if I wanted to stay in business for long.
But what do I know?
UPDATE: Expat Yank: IT WILL RANK ALONGSIDE JUTLAND.
UPDATE 2: Frank Warner:
Jordan’s ridiculous terrorists are just another part of the Cold War legacy of U.S. short-term support for amateur “reformer” dictators against Communism’s more permanent, professional tyrants.
Well, the Cold War has been over about 15 years, and, despite U.S. financial aid out the wazoo, Jordan remains on the Dark Side
UPDATE 3 – The Left Remains in Character: Waveflux:
The “there” part of “over there” is growing wider
Yep. Just like I said at the beginning of the post, no one would have ever attacked US ships in Arab ports before we went “over there”, would they have?
UPDATE 4: More good stuff:
To those who said that Al Qaeda was on the run, well, you still don’t know shit.
Right. Since someone on the run wouldn’t attack from a totally different country, would they? They’ve moved from Afghanistan to Jordan so that proves they aren’t “on the run”?
IntoxiNation: Breaking News Mr. President: Al Qeada Alive and Well:
As Bush is vacationing we are continually reminded that we are fighting a war that we are gradually losing. He makes continuous lies telling the American people we are wining, but now the both wars have merged into one, it is not the same anymore. We had a world willing to help us in our fight against al Qaeda, now we are alienated from a majority of the world because of our involvement in Iraq. Al Qaeda has seized that opportunity by merging the wars. We need a leader who knows how to lead and fight and not one that knows how to stick his head in the sand!
As far as I can see it, they’ve ALWAYS been the same war. That’s how Bush has presented it. It’s those opposed to the invasion of Iraq that claim Iraq had nothing to do with the War on Terror. And now someone is blaming Bush for changing his story to what he’s been saying all along.
Suburban Guerrilla: Oh, Look. A Pretext!:
Can you say “Gulf of Tonkin”?
Finally! The Tet Offensive must be just around the corner.
Plus, the more reports I read about this the more clear it is that none of the reports really seem to know what was fired. Rockets? Mortars? Mortar rockets?
US Ships attacked. Bush still clearing brush and avoiding a mother of a dead solider.
Why are most of these posts a quote from a news report and a one- or two-sentence snarky remark? Is that really all they’ve got to contribute?
China Daily: Missiles strike US navy ship in Jordan, Israeli airport
I guess it depends on what you mean by “strike”.
UPDATE 6: Captain Ed (not a Leftie):
Five years ago, AQ used suicide bombers to deliver a powerful bomb point-blank to the ship. It hit the target, killing seventeen sailors. This attack used Katyusha rockets, a more crude and ineffective tactical weapon that rarely hits its targets, as demonstrated by this attack.
What does that mean? It could indicate that the terrorist network has depleted its resources for suicide bombers, at least outside of Iraq. That would show that the flypaper theory actually does play out as the Bush administration predicted, and that rather than generating thousands more martyrs to the cause of radical Islam, Iraq simply draws those foreign terrorists who would otherwise attack American interests elsewhere. This ineffective Katyusha attack also shows that the training and materials used by AQ have degraded significantly, or possibly that because of the lack of other resources (human and materiel), they have had to change tactics to the Palestinian-style rocket attacks and have not had the time to master it, to the extent it can be mastered.
All of these scenarios add up to a serious loss in command and control functions, as this attack had no particular planning and the terrorists obviously had little expertise in the use of the materials. It also indicates that suicide attacks may play less of a role in the future for AQ, meaning that their recruitment may not be anywhere near as robust as American pessimists and radical Islamists declare it to be. Iraq may have worn down the flow and the desire of postential suicide bombers, the only tactical weapon AQ has with an advantage over Western forces. If so, then AQ and its associates will shortly have to pull back and rethink their entire war effort.
While I’ll admit that I’m not quite ready to declare this near-miss a major victory, there’s no doubt that at least some of what he says is probably true.
UPDATE 8: Instead of dragging this post out I started a new one. More silliness. Fun for the whole family. Check it out at: