Monday, January 08, 2007

Annihilate them. 
That's what I'm talkin' about, yo.

Once they started moving, the al Qaeda operatives became easier to track, and the U.S. military started preparing for an air strike, using unmanned aerial drones to keep them under surveillance and moving the aircraft carrier Eisenhower out of the Persian Gulf toward Somalia. But when the order was given, the mission was assigned to the AC-130 gunship operated by the U.S. Special Operations command.

If the attack got the operatives it was aimed at, reports Martin, it would deal a major blow to al Qaeda in East Africa.

Meanwhile, as Al Qaeda's rats flee to the southern tip of the country, the U.S. Navy is moving to block any attempt at escape or reinforcement by sea, in a sort of reenactment of the Seige of Yorktown.

History doesn't repeat itself. But it rhymes.

It would have been nice to have seen more than one AC-130 in on the act. If Al Qaeda is really on the move, he can be annihilated there, with the application of enough firepower, in much the same way armies of the ancient world were annihilated to the last man when their infantry lost their nerve, broke ranks, and fled on foot, only to be hunted down by pursuing cavalry.

Do not let the ignorant try to confuse a victory with a massacre. The destruction of a fleeing enemy is what victory on the battlefield looks like. Pursue them, pursue them, pursue them until the horses are ready to drop and the men can no longer stay awake in the saddle..then commit your reserve and pursue some more.

Put every man to the sword, unless he sooner surrenders. The Ethiopians cannot support a lengthy occupation, and we cannot stomach it. So be ruthless, ruthless, ruthless* in pursuing the advantage now, while the enemy is exposed.

I would have loved to have seen much more firepower committed to the fight, if suitable targets were available.

*Ruthless. I forgot one "ruthless."

Now, it wouldn't be "Countercolumn unless I slammed on the media some. So here goes: Look at the "fast fact" below the art: "The AC-130 gunship is capable of firing thousands of rounds per second."

Wrong. The GAU-12U Equalizer Gatling gun has a max ROF of 4,200 RPM (3,600 RPM sustained) That's per minute. Not per second.

Splash, out


3600 RPM is still a whole lot of metal rain.

And don't forget the M102 105 mm howitzer, for that little extra something.
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