Thursday, October 25, 2007

The semi-secret air wars

The semi-secret air wars (‘semi-secret’ because the information is released and is even reported on, but no American mentions it as a possible moral issue):

“The U.S. military has increased airstrikes in Iraq four-fold this year, reflecting a steep escalation in combat operations aimed at al-Qaeda and other militants.

Coalition forces launched 1,140 airstrikes in the first nine months of this year compared with 229 in all of last year, according to military statistics.

Airstrikes are up in Afghanistan, too. Coalition planes have made 2,764 bombing runs this year, up from 1,770 last year. The figures don't include strikes by helicopter gunships. 

The increasing use of air power also stems from improved accuracy and smaller munitions that allow commanders to launch airstrikes against insurgents who travel in small groups and sometimes hide among civilians.”

Whoever they claim they are trying to hit, it is civilians who are the actual targets (that last paragraph is unintentionally gruesome).  Air Force Maj. Gen. Allen Peck said:  “We are using air power in lieu of putting extensive forces on the ground.”  Exactly right, as they lack the manpower to do the job properly, and they don’t want the American casualty rates to go up.  The real political benefit is that the civilian casualties are increasing hatred of the Americans, the deep point of the exercise, a goal which fortunately, for the Zionists, matches the short-term goals of the Pentagon.