Skip to comments.So, Count the Tomahawks the Democrats Have Wasted (er, used up) Shooting at Political Targets ...
Posted on 09/09/2013 11:23:02 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE
In the 1991 Gulf War, 288 Tomahawks were launched. The first salvo was fired by the cruiser USS San Jacinto on January 17, 1991. The attack submarines USS Pittsburgh and USS Louisville followed.
On 26 June 1993, 23 Tomahawks were fired at the Iraqi Intelligence Service's command and control center.
On 10 September 1995, the USS Normandy launched 13 Tomahawk missiles from the central Adriatic Sea against a key air defense radio relay tower in Bosnian Serb territory during Operation Deliberate Force.
On 3 September 1996, 44 cruise missiles between UGM-109 and B-52 launched AGM-86s, were fired at air defence targets in Southern Iraq.
On 20 August 1998, around 75 Tomahawk missiles were fired simultaneously to two separate target areas in Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation to the bombings of American embassies by Al-Qaeda.
On 16 December 1998, Tomahawk missiles were fired at key Iraqi targets in during Operation Desert Fox.
In spring 1999, 218 Tomahawk missiles were fired by US ships and a British submarine during Operation Allied Force against key targets in Yugoslavia.
In October 2001, approximately 50 Tomahawk missiles struck targets in Afghanistan in the opening hours of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, more than 725 tomahawk missiles were fired at key Iraqi targets.
On 17 December 2009, two Tomahawk missiles were fired at targets in Yemen. One of the targets was hit by a TLAM-D missile. The target was described as an 'alleged al-Qaida training camp' in al-Majalah in al-Mahfad a region of the Abyan governorate of Yemen. Amnesty International reported that 55 people were killed in the attack, including 41 civilians (21 children, 14 women, and six men). The US and Yemen governments refused to confirm or deny involvement, but diplomatic cables released as part of Cablegate later confirmed the missile was fired by a US Navy ship.
On 19 March 2011, 124 Tomahawk missiles were fired by U.S. and British forces (122 US, 2 British) against at least 20 Libyan targets around Tripoli and Misrata. As of 22 March 2011, 159 UGM-109 were fired by US and UK ships against Libyan targets.
So, how many dollars per "target" have the democrats been spending?
How many have they purchased to replace the ones wasted?
Remember, the missiles Clinton shot were distractions from his impending impeachment, and the ones launched against Serbia were HILLARY'S distraction AFTER the impeachment to get "her war" back on track with the media.
At $1.5 million per, that's a lot of buck for the bang.
and $1.5 million is the purchase price, not the fully burdened cost of training, storage, logistics support, etc. It’s probably 4x the purchase price!
Bush I and Bush II fired a bunch during the first and second Iraq wars, but if they saved one airplane shot down, the missile paid for themselves many times over. At least they were shot against military targets during a real war.
But to blow up a “suspected training camp” !!!
It’s two trucks, a radio, and a mud hut!
Stay tuned for an “unbelievably small” attack by 2 Tomahawk missiles taking out Assad’s $500K unoccupied vacation home.
Obama fell for the Saudi organized grift of Al Qaeda affiliate gassing of children who were kidnapped the week before from Syrian villages.
Obama wanted to “get them” just as he attacks his political enemies using the IRS, and Obama Care exemption refusals.The Saudis, knowing Obama is a fascist, wanted the USA to conduct their Sunni religious war for them and get an oil pipeline to Europe.They may yet have succeeded.
One good use of a tomahawk would be to lay one on Obama’s G20 cavalcade in Russia, blame it on Putin.
I wonder how “Easy” they are to shoot down. Russians claim their SA10 had a capability to shoot them down but that doesn’t mean all or most would be.
US cruise missiles are relatively slow, a main criticism, but they do fly low and I suspect would require an airborne radar to be detected.
The Tomahawk is not specifically stealthy, but is low-radar signature only because of its small size and low altitude.
If (or when) Putin places his Soviet ships between the US and the Syrian coast, their ships could intercept some - but almost certainly not all - of the US tomahawks. No, it’s far better for Putin to put Russian troops on the ground in Syria at the few chemical sites everybody knows about as “hostages” against any US bombardment.
That would play into the Russians taking control of the chemical weapons, and also allow a “gocha” moment with the Russians discovering; “Hey these chemical weapons were manufactured in Iraq!!!!”.
I think with Obama involving himself into domestic Russian policy with gays, Putin’s patience with a juvenile Obama is growing short.
I sense a bear trap being set for Obama and indirectly the US. Obama is truly out of his league.
Nice analysis, Robert.
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