Friday, July 21, 2006


World Tribune is reporting this morning on another iteration in an old miscalculation:

“Israel's military stunned by the failure of its air war”

“Israel's new chief of staff, an air force general, believed that most of Israel's future operations would be conducted from the air.

Military leaders were convinced that with superior communications and air power they did not even need new U.S. "bunker buster" munitions to root out terror leaders in underground hideaways.

Today, this vision of air power as a panacea has been shattered.

"Air power is not the answer here," a senior officer said. 'You have to go from one Hizbullah [weapons] bunker to another. Some of these bunkers are seven meters deep and can't be destroyed by aircraft, even if you could find them."
The air force learned that lesson in Beirut as fighter-jets sought to destroy Hizbullah headquarters, Middle East Newsline reported. Officials acknowledged that 23 tons of munitions failed to penetrate the thick walls of the underground command headquarters constructed by Iran.”

Hermann Goering was surprised when the Luftwaffe was unable to destroy the Dunkirk evacuation… LBJ was surprised when thousands of B-52 airstrikes failed to break the back of North Vietnam… And does anyone remember our air campaign in the Balkans a few years back?

The high-heeled boys never learn… It’s boots on the ground. Now, we’ll see which side can muster more boots.

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