Skip to comments.US Senator John Kerry wants allies to 'crater' airports
Posted on 03/07/2011 6:38:31 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
THE Obama administration is under renewed pressure to impose a no-fly zone over Libya after a leading US senator disputed the Pentagon's view that it would require a military attack.
Senator John Kerry yesterday said the US should prepare for a no-fly zone, with its allies, to thwart attempts by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to massacre large numbers of civilians.
As the White House retreated from the proposal, the senator said the US should consider "cratering" Libyan airports to disable Colonel Gaddafi's air force.
"The last thing we want to think about is any kind of military intervention, and I don't consider the no-fly zone stepping over that line," Senator Kerry said.
His opinion carries weight as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an important Democratic ally of President Barack Obama.
He contradicted Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who condemned "loose talk" about a no-fly zone last week, saying it amounted to military intervention. "A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defences," Dr Gates told a congressional committee hearing.
Speaking on CBS, Senator Kerry said: "That's actually not the only option for what one could do. One could crater the airports and the runways and leave them incapable of using them for a period of time."
The senator, a Vietnam War veteran and Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, was backed by senior Republican colleague John McCain.
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Kerry ought to know what he’s talking about... He was in Vietnam.
He’s an idiot and ought be completely ignored.
if he wants it, it would be a bad thing.
If any if the crater affects him, does he get a purple heart?
John F’n Kerry is a war hawk. These alternate universes are hard to keep up with.
We need to stabilize things, not destabilize them. We’re playing into Putin’s hands otherwise. On the other hand, high priced oil might be just what we need to get rid of Obama in 2012 so we can develop an energy policy that involves drilling and refining. No good options. It’s a great time to be an American...
“John Kerry reporting for Duty.”
If Ted Kennedy was still alive
he’d already be bombed.
Kerry should bow out and let Daley, the only Democrat with proven experience destroying airports over night, run this
John Kerry, warmonger.
"I'm here to crater your airport. Can you point me to Concourse C?"
Uh...dropping bombs on airports isn't "any kind of military intervention"? What is it, then?
>> He was in Vietnam.
In Cambodia for Christmas if I’m not mistaken.
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"After I eat this they're going to dangle me over your runways and I'm going to crater them."
Helicopters do not need much of a runway to take off or land.
"Look, that ball almost knocked me senseless and it didn't move one hair. Of course I can crater runways with my head."
Did he ask Jane Fonda about this?
When you think how close this certifiable moron came to the Oval Office it’s damned scary.
"Well, the bloody fool said he was willing to give peace a chance, as long as he could crater a few runways once in awhile. So, I said sure...and then he threw his medals over the fence."
Idiot. You don't implement a no-fly zone with old 737s from US Air, it is done with military aircraft flying in their airspace. You know what? They're probably not going to like that. They'd no-doubt use air defense assets to try to shoot down our patrol aircraft. Maybe they'd send their fighters up to try to either shoot our aircraft down or chase them off.
The point is, a no-fly zone is going to mean military forces shooting ordnance at each other. I don't know about where Mr. Kerry comes from, but when military forces start exchanging fire...where I come from that's "military intervention" and even "war."
His simplistic idea of cratering runways won't necessarily work either. You'd have to crater the taxiways. In the case of Mitiga, you'd probably have to crater that long straight highway that's less than a mile from the airport too. (usable as an alternative?) That'd make us real popular with the Libyans...
"El Presidente, do you need any runways cratered?"
Source quote, in case you don't get the sarcasm:
Does poofed hair count as a cover?
traitorous embarrassment skerry should threaten to throw his well-deserved 4 Purple Hearts onto their runways. By the way, he got them from his “service” in Viet Nam.
Bombing airport runways is one thing, but what if Jen-Jiss Khan is there?
PS - Did you know Kerry was in Vietnam?
"They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."
-- John Kerry "Winter Soldier" testimony, 1971
Wonderful! LOL. I almost wrote, *you first, Traitor/Senator*
Amazing all these leftist doves growing fangs all of a sudden. LOL
Like Gates said. To establish a no fly zone you need to start with air superiority. That means shooting down opposing planes. AKA a shooting war.
He was in Cambodia too.
Wow John.....That sounds very “Ghenghis Khan” of you.
Of course the Libyans are using helicopters not jets. I guess the great Senator and Viet Nam veteran doesn’t know that helicopters don’t need runways.
And Cambodia. It was seared into his memory.
That was my first thought. But I doubt he has the guts to challenge Hussein.
Senator John Kerry yesterday said the US should prepare for a no-fly zone, with its allies, to thwart attempts by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to massacre large numbers of civilians. As the White House retreated from the proposal, the senator said the US should consider "cratering" Libyan airports to disable Colonel Gaddafi's air force. "The last thing we want to think about is any kind of military intervention, and I don't consider the no-fly zone stepping over that line," Senator Kerry said.He remembers how effective these tactics were back when he listened to the broadcast remarks of President Nixon in 1968.
This washed-up, exposed, aging commie, idiot gigolo should sit down and shut up, or we should act as if he has.
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