My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Is This A Playbook, Or What?

From Captain Ed, with reportage from CBS.

[The gunship flew from its base in Dijibouti down to the southern tip of Somalia, Martin reports, where the al Qaeda operatives had fled after being chased out of the capital of Mogadishu by Ethiopian troops backed by the United States. ]

The Ethiopians did us a big favor by dislodging the Islamists from Mogadishu. Once on the run, the US could bring all of its technological assets on line to track them, and the Air Force waited long enough for all of them to run into the trap. The Navy positioned the USS Eisenhower in the waters nearby Somalia just in case it finds even more targets to strike.

So, let me see if I have this right. An indigenous force moves on a terrorist stronghold with superior firepower--AND LIBERAL RULES OF ENGAGEMENT--and drives them out into the open, where American air power, backed up by the Navy, hastens their journey to the next life.

Hmmmm . . . I wonder if that approach could be used elsewhere.

Or have we "trained" the Iraqi army to wait until two of theirs are dead before they open fire, too.

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