posted on Apr, 26 2006 @ 06:57 PM
Well, I can actually agree with some of the things that Ch1466 has said, although I will not touch on Mogadishu or 9/11 here. I'll keep my comments
to the picture and story in the first post, SAR ops, and the motto of "no man gets left behind".
What I agree with most is that if a Cobra was picking up troops, something was wrong. Unless this was actually part of some level of training
game, to see what in theory could be done. Actually, that would make a bit more sense, and explain why there was a PR present for an event
that pretty much has "black op" stamped all over it.
Somebody raised the question of "Why didn't the Cobra 'cool' the LZ?". I'll sugest (assuming the event was completely real) that the LZ may
have been cooled prior to the extraction. Once the area is clear beyond any doubt, extrodinary measures to accomplish what needs to be accomplished
may be justified. Doubly so if the correct tool for the job (MH-60 or UH-53 or the like) wasn't present, or couldn't get in there before the LZ was
expected to get hot again. There is no doubt though, an AH-1 is NOT a passenger aircraft. I could concieve however, using it to re-locate the area
of distress. If the 'enemy' is fourty miles off in thier assumption of where you're trying to do an extraction, it'll be a heck of a lot easier
to get the right assets in there.
The reason we do SAR, and CSAR is because troops will be hard pressed to fight anywhere near as hard if an alternate descision is made. A warfighter,
be they a downed airman, or isolated unit, can last much longer and accomplish more fighting for thier survival if they KNOW it is only a matter of
time untill they are out. Change that, and you make it only a matter of time untill they are dead. I know I said I wouldn't mention Mogadishu, but
it IS worth mentioning that not every soldier who went in died.
As for the costs involved, unfortunately, human life does have a value in a strictly military situation. However, that cost is so high that I'd
gladly have lost the airframes on half a dozen cobras if I could get two more people out. Just on cost. If anyone wonders just how humans can have a
price tag attached, and then make that number so high, consider what it cost to put that soldier, sailor, airman or marine where we are extracting him
(or her) from. You had to recruit that person. You had to train that person. You had to provide meals, uniforms, and housing for that person. A
tremendous amount of time had to be spent continuing to train that person, and progressing through thier carrer. Did I mention that all this time,
while they were becoming more and more expierienced and valuble, you had to PAY that person? Of all those factors though, the two biggest are the
cost of training them, and the vast amount of time developing them from the raw recruit you got right out of high school.
All this arguing, and still I wonder, what was actually going on that a PR was riding around supposedly in a helicopter with no passenger seat.
Something in the description just doesn't quite work out.