Wednesday, June 18, 2014


(h/t Atrios & Digby)

We know that even with on the ground spotters and precision bombs, air strikes have done a lot of damage to civilians in Afghanistan so those who want the US to use air strikes in Iraq need to know the limitations of bombing without spotters:
Army general Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told a Senate panel on Wednesday that "until we can clarify this intelligence picture" the US would have difficulty knowing who it would be attacking from the air, indicating military as well as political reluctance to any return to the skies above Iraq.

"It's not as easy as looking at an iPhone video of a convoy and then striking it," Dempsey told a Senate appropriations subcommittee as he and defense secretary Chuck Hagel focused far more on the limits of what the US can accomplish in Iraq than the possibilities. Both sounded far less urgent than Iraqi leaders.

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