It's not going to be ok, not at all. There's going to be a lot of civilian deaths, there's going to be a lot of dead American kids over there.
This may not be news per se, but it's just that it's becoming clear, it's not like the Iraqi people -- or their generals -- are idiots. Any more than the Viet Cong were. All of this much on my mind after reading, for example, this:
According to satellite reconnaissance it seems likely that the Iraqis had time to remove the captured Apache Longbow attack helicopter of the 11th Aviation Regiment. The pieces remaining at the landing site following a US bombing strike indicate that the bombs hit a crudely constructed mockup.
Every time I read about stuff like that the Iraqis pull off, I think, yes, well that's exactly what any of us would have done. That's not a good sign, because what the Iraqis do is working. Calculate the cost alone of that helicopter and two precision guided missiles. No tax rebate this year, count on that.
It's a grim view, and not the one on the news, in general. But that quote -- and this whole grimness in general, actually -- are from aeronautics.ru -- a russian site that seems to have a more direct line on the bad news as it rolls in. Bad news being, in this case, real news. Maybe.
Maybe.Posted by kevin slavin at March 26, 2003 11:51 PM