OTOH, I disagree with your apparent conclusion the Aug. 6 and Aug. 9 bombings of Japan were avoidable at best or unnecessary at worst. 2 reasons. 1,
you cannot turn a country “off” and “on” like a light switch. It takes a lot of build-up to reach a national fever pitch. 2, if the public had
learned the U.S. had a decisive weapon to quickly end the war painlessly for us, but had failed to use it, the president would have been impeached.
Whether our KIAs would have numbered "but 20,000" or even "only 70,000.” Why sustain even 1 KIA otherwise avoidable when we’re at war? Recall
what Gen. Sherman said about war.
Because the war was over regardless. We had their Maru fleet down to nothing and could largely do to them what we threatened to with Cuba. This
would have detoothed Japan as an industrial nation within a year at most. If we wished to hasten the process, we could have inflicted the /same
levels/ of torment by attacking their food supplies and starving them. Rice Fields are just way to easy to spot.
A starving man can be brought back to health. Or his family compensated for his death. A man or woman whose genes have been disrupted by rads
continues contribute to the congenital problems of his entire culture FOREVER. And if you've seen Fat Man & Little Boy, you know that even the
individual deaths of many of those who survived the initial T-Pulse and blast was horrific.
Not to mention _Illegal_ for having violated about 4 different Hague convention restrictions on cruel weapons and civillian targets. Which we were,
at that very moment, trying German 'war criminals' for.
Something Lemay himself later admitted he would have been subject to "If I lost the war..."
The irony being that there was NO CHANCE of losing the war. None.
Comparitively, Sherman DID NOT condone attacks upon individual home steads or women and children. He raided food stores where they could be used for
Confederate purposes. He burned down regional centers (especially those associated with rail). And he made a lot of 'bowties'. But at least in
the main columns, his men were largely well supervised and acted responsibly under threat of dire consequences.
And his was an effort that proved to the Confederate people that their armies were not winning. Something that must be taken into account in a period
without reliable outside-view communications of any sort not apt to control by the government.
As to the impeachment deal, for any leak of information to have occured would have meant a No Kidding date with a _FIRING SQUAD_. And Truman would
have need only play the trump card of "Yes, and this is film footage of the Trinity Site detonation, don't ask me to kill men women and CHILDREN,
after we've become signatories to the Hague Convention and are in the process of hanging Germans for what they did in the Death Camps."
In addition to the prohibitions provided by special Conventions, it is especially forbidden -
To employ poison or poisoned weapons;
To kill or wound treacherously individuals belonging to the hostile nation or army;
To kill or wound an enemy who, having laid down his arms, or having no longer means of defence, has surrendered at discretion;
To declare that no quarter will be given;
To employ arms, projectiles, or material calculated to cause unnecessary suffering;
To destroy or seize the enemy's property, unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war;
The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.
The officer in command of an attacking force must, before commencing a bombardment, except in cases of assault, do all in his power to warn the
In sieges and bombardments all necessary steps must be taken to spare, as far as possible, buildings dedicated to religion, art, science, or
charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals, and places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not being used at the time
for military purposes.
It is the duty of the besieged to indicate the presence of such buildings or places by distinctive and visible signs, which shall be notified to the
The pillage of a town or place, even when taken by assault, is prohibited.
I'm no innocent sir. What happens in battle happens and you live with victory as much as defeat.
But in relation to the above declarations, the one thing that cannot be avoided is the complicity at ALL LEVELS of the military with a preplanned
operation against a largely defenseless civillian target.
When there was no exigent cause or pressure to justify the act.
We killed because we had a bug in our shorts to find out what this thing could do. And because the victims had yellow skin and an epicanthic fold so
that 'guilt was optional'.
Which I suppose makes the the ultimate argument to be made here one of 'what goes around...'.
The Emperor's Greatest Power is The Gift Of Mercy. Who he gives it to and who he withholds it from.
We had, without question, that ultimate grace upon us. A chance to show THE WHOLE WORLD _why we led_. And we blew it.
Superficially, that sounds right on. But on reflection, I don’t see it that way. In ideological war, what targets are chosen depends on the decision
of the attacker more so than on the state of preparedness of the enemy.
We returned to 10-14mpg cars in the 90's. We took trips. We bought our way into 3.6 trillion in private credit debt. And 8.8 trillion in
commercial and real estate equivalents. At a time when our economy was contracting.
Cheap Oil. Buck Thirty a gallon for gas when all of EU had been paying upwards of 4-7 bucks /per liter/ for the better part of 2 decades. Heating
oil and diesel for train and ships. All the things by which a 'commerce' (Consumerist tapeworm) driven economy sustains cheap transport of goods to
How do you ensure this? By knocking out one of the top 5 PG producers and letting the others cover the production shortfall in exchange for a
What is the result? That which comes in never leaves. And 300,000 Iraqi's die while honor-challenged idiots like UBL get testy about infidel
apostates squatting in their holy dust.
It was thus FAR from a 'rational' thing that was needed. It was /intent/. To find a way through. Do we attack? Do we leave? Do we negotiate?
And the U.S. chose none of those things. And so (multiple bowshots later) 9/11 happened.
Rational considerations - to us - very likely are irrelevant to the attackers. Indeed, the attacker did strike the Pentagon. Whether that was a
primary target or a secondary target, I do not know. To me, a hit on the WH or Capitol would have been a much higher priority than to hit the
Pentagon. OTOH, we have paid little or no attention to the publicly stated grievances that al Qaeda said prompted the Nine Eleven Event. Anybody
remember what he said? Sadly, that is irrelevant to us. Maybe we are also ideologically driven? Act irrationally? Hey, don’t bring up Iraq.
Iraq is the casepoint for what is wrong with the U.S. armed force structure and in particular linear objectivism as a function of generating airpower
models. If you shift to a cellular approach, you can attack a target as it appears TO YOU.
But only if you have the mosaic pattern sensor arrays and CHEAP ($$ per flight hours as much as replacement cost) platforms to mount them on. So that
you see the big picture from many perspectives.
It is inherent to this approach that we must acknowledge that there IS a bigger picture. That simply 'unleashing' a singular military capability
(like the LRS as a followon bomber) until there is no more threat is no longer a viable enterprise and _has not been_ since WWII judged the Nazis as
Let me add a personal anecdote, albeit old. Military reservations are no more prepared for the unexpected than was NYC or W-DC. Soldiers and airmen do
not walk around with cocked pistols. I admit I was discharged from the USAF in March, 1964, at MacDill, by the way. But human nature does not change.
The problem is that attacks on the Khobar Towers, the Embassies, The Cole and a dozen other "Hey Dummies!" bowshot warnings of intent did not
provide the impetus for the u.S. to believe that WE were under attack.
Because THEY had chosen to attack 'military targets' which OUR BOYS were only-too-glad to play popup target for.
Yet in the end, our trust as much as confidence that these military forces knew what they were doing or at least could act as a sacrificial buffer was
And now that civillian targets are officially on the menu (thank you /so much/ Colonel Tibbets and Major Sweeney!) we have discovered that 'Our
Boys' are no longer over there until it's over over there (or otherwise). They are right here in among us. And the things they must do to
'protect the undefendable' are tantamount to setting up the worlds greatest FREE NATION. To become what the terrorists themselves can only achieve
by implication and threat.
THAT IS BAD.
Yet that is implicit to the concept of a bomber playing tag with a target list that looks like it came out of a gradeschool "Things that keep me
healthy and happy!" list of utilities, government and transport features.
I'm all for finding UBL. I just don't think it will do any good to search a nation of 647,500 square kilometers (Afghanistan) or 778,720 square
kilometers (Pakistan) with a force of 20-100 of them.
And once we have UBL in hand, under trial, and on his way to a needle. I would like to see some SERIOUS reconsideration as to what our armed forces
do FOR US. Versus the threat of their existence TO US is likely to entail while acting as the World's Cop.
Unfortunately power is it's own inertia. And MANNED air power is going to be particularly hard to reform because it involves a symbolic image of the
'White Scarf Warrior'. And looks so innocuous in Peace Time.
Yet it is the principal means by which we choose to inject ourselves, 'without intent' (to win or leave). And thus makes us look like bullies
because we cannot hit what we cannot find of the singular targets that this _criminal pursuit_ of a terrorist fugitive should truly represent.