War by Schedule

April 1, 2011

Apparently after Saturday the US will no longer deploy the AC-130 or the A-10 in Libya. Is this because circumstances warrant our pulling back?

No, it’s because. . . well. . . I guess we’d used them enough. In a war with murky objectives how do you know when to draw the line at enough.

Hard to know, but I guess it’s Saturday.
Mullen and Gates stressed that even though powerful combat aircraft like the side-firing AC-130 gunship and the A-10 Thunderbolt, used for close air support of friendly ground forces, will stop flying after Saturday, they will be on standby. Mullen said this means that if the rebels’ situation become “dire enough,” NATO’s top commander could request help from the U.S. aircraft. The U.S. also has used Marine AV-8B Harrier attack jets as well as Air Force F-15 fighters and B-2 and B-1 long-range bombers.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110401/ap_on_re_us/us_us_libya

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