Skip to comments.US Using Low-Flying Gunships In Libya
Posted on 03/29/2011 6:29:02 AM PDT by Strategy
A top military official says the U.S. was striking Libyan targets with low-flying Air Force AC-130 gunships and A-10 Thunderbolts over the weekend, bolstering speculation that the U.S. air missions have served to support rebels seeking to overthrow Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
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If you are going to conduct illegal war, conduct illegals war. Whoever gave the order should be tried for war crimes. You cannot have war crime trials of people and then do the same crap yourself.
My guess is that we now have boots on the ground as liaison and controlling the air strikes.
seems like this Qaddafi problem could have been resolved with a single way placed bullet. How much does a single well placed bullet cost? How much will this “kinetic military action” cost?
A lot less than $100 million a day. That's for sure.
Word mincing alert. Nah, pounding the piss out of Gadaffi's armor and little technicals couldn't possibly support the rebels in gaining ground.
Obama needs to save face at the cost of taxpayers. Indirectly, we’re putting our boys in harms way in Libya and we’re paying $100 million a day to help Obama save face and move up in the polls so he can increase his chances of winning in 2012.
I actually thought the our military was watching “kinetic action” not in a “kinetic military action”? Man i wish the “Won” would clarify this.
The average American does not even know the difference between enforcing a No Fly Zone and an aerial intervention in a civil war.
Sadly, they depend on our Representatives to notice that and do something.
Exactly who are the "rebels" and what is their relationship to Al-Qaeda? Exactly who are we killing with our gunships? Why? I do not understand. What will overthrowing Gadhafi accomplish, besides creating another country controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda hostile to Christians and the USA?
People from the middle east use the word "democracy" to please the westerners; they do not know what democracy is.
Obama is looking for another Mogadishu on his hands, and just when one thinks he cannot do any worse as POTUS he proves them wrong.
The people in Tripoloi have Osama Bin Ladens Qaida boys approaching from the east, Barak Huissein Obama Bombing from the north, and Mohmar Gadaffie bombing from the west.
Now that's a Meat Grinding Muzzie circle jerk if I ever saw one. The longer this lasts, the better.
Preparing the ground to send in ground forces in April or May.
Only problem is until Biden takes over the Presidency due to Barak Huissein Obama’s law breaking, Obama has hijacked our military :(
Your guess would be correct. They have been there scouting landing zones and doing FAC.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner never used the word "war" to describe what's happening in Libya, but made a point of addressing what the conflict he chose "says about the use of America's military power, and America's broader leadership in the world, under my presidency."
The blush is off the rose.
We’re doing Air Interdiction, which is basically almost the same as Close Air Support just minus the coordination with the troops on the ground and supposedly separated by more space. You can easily and purposefully blur the lines between AI and CAS without much effort.
I still firmly believe we need to understand more about the rebels, who they are, their intention, goals and vision of the end-game. I think we could easily usher in a bigger problem to the US than Gadaffi himself if we are not intelligent about this.
.... or more likely to acknowledge that they've been there for a while.
But I have hopes for a stalemate giving a protracted bloody civil war, where we just keep lobbing bombs into the middle of Gadaffi and Bin Ladens Al Qaida forces.
If Obama wins, Al Qaida will have its first country.
We have had boots on the ground for at least two weeks.
It's been their goal all along... now, they can have it sooner and better... compliments of the US/European forces and because of the US/European ignorance.
Jihadis who killed Americans get U.S. support in Libya
And the thunderbolt has a 12’, 30MM gatling gun. They are going after more than troops. That 105 will take out a reinforced bunker.
Don’t worry, Biden’s watching this. I hope he gets hungry for the Presidency. I’m sure you already know Biden opposes Obama on getting involved in Libya.
Some of the rebels are fighting toe to toe with the Libyan military and winning, even when the air support is not present. Someone is coordinating the rebel advances and calling in CAS for them.
My 19 year old boy isn't going near this crap. The Kenyan King can kiss my a$$.
However, as one approaches the coast, there are well wooded mountains and it is lush enough to give cover to the tanks and artillery pounding Misurata and blasting the harbor where the relief ships are trying to get in. A pity we haven't a real battleship or even a couple of heavy cruisers to secure the perimeter with counter-battery fire ... a lot cheaper than the million-dollar a round missiles.
Undoubtedly there are laser painter teams on the ground, and helos will be needed to suppress sniper fire from the rooftops and tall buildings.
Who knows how well Gadaffi is organized. He could pull back into the desert and run a harassing operation for a long time. Got to blast him in the coastal strip. He probably has 10 years worth of COMBLOC hardware and ammo stashed around the country.
Except that we shouldn't be there at all, this seems an excellent adventure so far! With all the different AFs, it reminds me a bit of the old "Blackhawk" comic series! I wonder why the Gyppos aren't in it. They have 425 Thousand men under arms and they could use the exercise, not to mention control of an oil field or two along the Eastern border.
OOPS! Bless me O politically Correct fathers, I have sinned in thought and word!
What happened to enforcing a no-fly zone? This is full up (Islamic) nation building effort.
Are those A-10s the most well-suited aircraft we have for air-to-air combat? The purpose of a no-fly zone is to prevent the enemy from flying, is it not?
I wonder what the A-10’s air-to-air combat record is over its history...
BS! If we have close in air support, you can bet your ass that there are americans on the ground calling in the strikes. That is how it works.
If the Military Brass will do this , under the guise of "I was only obeying orders", then you can bet your ass that when they are given the order to open fire on Americans, they will.
I don’t think anyone’s really doubted that we certainly had FACs, Special Operations personnel, etc. on the ground before the first US shot was fired. They’re just not acknowledged as “boots on the ground.”
If we’re in there with AC-130s and A-10s, this isn’t like any “no fly zone” I’ve ever heard of....
I’m so happy my Governor told him publically he can go to he#$.
Obama's insulting our intelligence. He actually thinks we're stupid.
Could we call it what it is......?
A “Don’t Move Zone.”
So if this is supposed to end Wednesday, that means Muammar just has to button down for another 36 hours?
The more I think abut this, it is purely an African Muslim conflict, and the American people have absolutely no interest in this.
However, Our African Muslim President does, and so we all get to go to war.
Apparently obama has given a muslim military force the most powerful close air support in the world.
Also, when the NAACP criticised him for refusing to meet with them on Martin Luther King Day he said "The NAACP can kiss my A**".
We could be looking at a very nasty summer.
I like that.
We might just see the won spend his Summer (possibly the rest of his term) at Camp David, for his safety. Your are absolutely correct, in warning us, to be vigilant.
Well, "we" elected him in a landslide. Seems pretty stupid to me. Didn't you get any "Obama stash" money? Those were the smart ones that elected him.
And one more thing, "we" may re elect him if we don't find the right Republican. We still have to go through the torture of a primary and listen to "If you vote for him/her, they can't beat Obama", so we vote for some Rino thinking we have to to get rid of Obama. If unemployment goes to 7% or so, watch them say we can't go back to those bad old days that gave us 4% unemployment and a 14k DOW. He's not going to be as easy to beat as some think.
I know what you mean... even worse is when one republican says... ""If my guy don't win, I'll stay home"
True, but not by any of the rebels. Of all the news clips shown on TV 24/7, have you seen these clowns fire a weapon, any weapon, anywhere but up in the air??? The sky over Libya must be saturated with lead by now.
Huissein was sending Mohmmar money just a month ago, and now he's bombing him. That's cold.