DID YOU KNOW THIS...??? (I DIDN'T KNOW THIS...!)
The Taliban's weekend assault on a major coalition base was one of the most determined and effective in the Afghan war, according to details released Sunday, resulting in the biggest single-day loss of U.S. combat aircraft since the Vietnam War.
The coordinated Taliban attack destroyed six Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jump-jets and "significantly" damaged two others, as well as some hangars, the coalition said.
WHAT...?!?! WHEN THIS ATTACK WAS FIRST REPORTED OUR LOSSES WERE REPORTED SIMPLY AS "TWO MARINES KILLED..."
The Taliban also destroyed three refueling stations.
(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD*)
Harriers, which are no longer in production, are unique aircraft that operate from short runways and can hover to land. The jets belonged to the Marine Attack Squadron VMA 211, nicknamed "the Avengers," which is based in Yuma, Ariz. The squadron is part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, said coalition spokesman Marine Lt. Col. Stewart Upton.
Harrier jets cost an inflation-adjusted $30 million to $40 million apiece when they were acquired in the 1980s and early 1990s.
In addition to the Taliban raid, which killed two U.S. Marines after it began Friday night, two separate insider attacks by Afghan service members elsewhere claimed the lives of six coalition troops. A lethal coalition airstrike that caused a number of civilian casualties, meanwhile, raised tensions between Washington and Kabul.
A person familiar with the base's operations said the attack would have required advance scouting and perhaps inside assistance.
FOLKS... I DON'T CARE HOW BRAVE OUR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, AND MARINES ARE... IF OUR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AND THE TOP MILITARY BRASS ARE INCOMPETENT IT'S "GAME OVER!"
AND, FOLKS... IT SURE AS HELL SEEMS AS IF IT'S "GAME OVER!"