Mediterranean Sea (July 22, 2006) — A U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and the cruise ship Orient Queen departs Beirut, Lebanon with U.S. citizens. Orient Queen, under contract with the U.S. government, is part of the larger U.S. military mission to assist U.S. citizens in their departure from Lebanon. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert J. Fluegel (RELEASED)
I had expected a fairly large-scale invasion by the Israelis by yesterday. Though they’re stepping up their presence across the border, no general invasion so far. Meanwhile, an Israeli helicopter crashed near the border. Hezbollah claims to have shot it down, though the Israelis deny this. Last week, two Apaches collided and crashed, likely due to pilot error.
Last Wednesday, an F-16I crashed during take-off. This is the first and only word I’ve seen that indicates that the F-16Is are taking part in the Lebanon operations.
UPDATE: A reader comments that the UK media is blaming the US for “not doing enough to try and stop fighting”?
We’re already shipping the Israelis more precision weapons. What more do they expect us to be doing?