Sep 06 2013
According to ABC News, in additional to a salvo of 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from four Navy destroyers stationed in the eastern Mediterranean, the US is also planning an aerial campaign that is expected to last two days.
This campaign potentially includes an aerial bombardment of missiles and long range bombs from US-based B-2 stealth bombers that carry satellite-guided bombs, B-52 bombers, that can carry air-launched cruise missiles and Qatar-based B-1s that carry long-range, air-to-surface missiles, both ABC News and The New York Times reported.
“This military strike will do more damage to [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s forces in 48 hours than the Syrian rebels have done in two years,” a national security official told ABC News.
Who is the idiot that released details of the US strike plan on Syria so it can be broadcasted on the internet? Who released the obviously classified fact we have B-1s based in Qatar?
For everyone’s information, Stealth bombers are not invisible. Stealth works best if the targets don’t know what is coming. Even the best stealth bomber is visible, it is just reduced in Radar and IR signature. The stealth plane’s approach needs to weave in and out of the ground radar visibilities to minimize detection.
What this report does is identify the approach paths of the US bombers. The B-52s are the ones that fly high and carpet bomb (because they are not stealthy or nimble). The stealth planes employ other methods
Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air thinks this was some sort of butching up to gain back some GOP hawks, and makes this observation:
This raises a couple of questions about the “no boots on the ground” promise coming from Obama and John Kerry. In order to make these kinds of pinpoint-accurate attacks with either bombers or cruise missiles, it’s usually better (although not entirely necessary) to have spotters on the ground lighting up the targets. That means boots on the ground, even if everything goes perfectly. What happens if our bombers get shot down over Syria?
Which of course ALSO puts everyone on the ground in Syria (both sides) to be on the lookout for scout teams.
What a cluster! I just can’t believe the ineptitude of this administration!
I suggest they throw all these plans in the trash now – they are of no use, and probably dangerous to our military personnel.