There were not 50 planes. Only 2 modifeid civilian planes (all seats had been taken away). The number "50" is concerning the amount of sorties. Thus, 2 planes did those 50+ sorties.
Whether it's 50 planes making 1 sortie each or 2 planes doing a total of 50 the idea is the same. The fact that 50 747 flights full of wmds could just be flown from Baghdad to Damascus and our AF did nothing is not exactly comforting. And like I said, I don't think Iraq had any 747s, they had russian planes to my knowledge.
It doesn't say much for our intel guys that all this happened right under our noses and we had no clue.
In the run up to war we had to have had satellites on Iraq 24/7. how did we miss this and if we didn't miss it, why did we ignore it?
I mean can you imagine the PR vbictory for the administration if they hsd forced one of those 50 flights down and exposed this plot for the whole world to see?
The fact they did no such thing makes me highly skeptocal of this?
Israel gained a huge boost after they commandeered the Karine A and exposed Araft's arms deals. If we jad done the same with one of the flights we would have been a lot better off and the WH could have gotten 100% public support. The fact that not one interception of any of these flights or massive cargo trucks happened is cause for reflection.