Hardly A Fair Trade

Seriously, how could we be sure whether or not we killed the exact Taliban responsible for last Saturday’s deadly attack? If we knew who and where these barbaric cretins were, we probably wouldn’t have lost the Chinook in the first place.

U.S. kills Taliban insurgents who downed SEALs’ helicopter

The retribution wasn’t long in coming.

An American airstrike killed the Taliban insurgents whose attack caused a helicopter crash that killed 22 Navy SEALs and eight other U.S. service members, military officials in Kabul and Washington said Wednesday.

However, Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told reporters at the Pentagon that the main Taliban leader in the area remained at large. He did not identify that insurgent commander, the hunt for whom set in motion the events that led to the crash of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter on Saturday.

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Special operations forces tracked down a group of “less than 10” insurgents and called in an airstrike from an F-16 fighter jet, Allen said. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said the strike took place early Tuesday in the Chak district of Wardak province, close to the area where the Chinook helicopter was shot down.

See also:
U.S. Says It Killed Taliban Who Hit Copter
U.S. forces kill Taliban fighters who downed helicopter
Copter attackers found, killed in strike
US-Led Forces Kill Taliban Militants Behind Helicopter Attack
Strike kills insurgents who downed helicopter in Afghanistan, top commander says
Taliban helicopter shooter killed by United States
Military killed Taliban who downed US helicopter

There’s so many questions yet to be answered regarding this incident, including which CH-47 variant was shot down, why were so many SEALs crammed onto a single helicopter, and why was SEAL Team Six being used on what’s variously, so far been described as a rescue mission, a reinforcement, or an independent, follow on raid?

/this “we got the Taliban that killed our SEALs” makes for a heartwarming tale of revenge but, given how many times this story has already changed, I remain skeptically waiting for the real truth to unfold, if it ever does come out

Hold My Beer, I’m Going To Try Something

Who’s brilliant idea was this?

Source: White House was updating AF One file photo

An administration official says a presidential Boeing 747 and a fighter jet flew low near ground zero in New York City Monday because the White House Military Office wanted to update its file photo of the president’s plane near the Statue of Liberty.

This official said the White House Military Office told the Federal Aviation Administration that it periodically updates file photos of Air Force One near national landmarks, like the statute in New York harbor and the Grand Canyon.

Gee, flying a 747, being chased by F-16s, low over Manhattan, what could possibly go wrong with that?

Air Force One “Maneuvers” over New York City Cause Widespread Panic

F-16 Fighter Jets were seen escorting a 747 jumbo jet from the Air Force One fleet near the Statue of Liberty earlier today. The fly-by caused a brief period of widespread panic among the citizens of New York City.

The U.S. Defense Dept. issued a statement afterward, saying the maneuver was just a photo opp. After realizing how much people were traumatized, they later issued another statement and apologized to New Yorkers for the scare.

Really? A Photo Opp??

After watching the video below, you’ll understand why the people of NYC were so scared – watching a jumbo jet pitching, yawing and banking at a 45 degree angle back and forth while being chased by close flying fighter jets would scare anyone unaccustomed to it. Couple that with the fact that 8 years ago planes crashed into the World Trade Center, constant threats of terrorism and a general overall feeling of unease in a society and you have a lot of people on edge.

Does that really look like a “Photo Opp.” to anyone else? Those are emergency preparedness maneuvers – anyone who has ever been in the military knows that.

See also:
Air Force One Photo Op Triggers Panic in Manhattan
Air Force One Photo-Op Scares the Crap Out of Manhattan
A ‘Classified’ Photo Op Turns Into a Soaring Blunder for the White House
Air Force One Scares Us Shitless
Air Force One photo op startles New Yorkers
Air Force One lookalike buzzes Lower Manhattan; residents panic, two injured, White House apologizes
Buildings Evacuated as Jets Fly Low Over Manhattan
“Photo Op” flyover frightens New Yorkers, outrages many
Who Will Be Held Accountable for This Morning’s 9/11-esque Scare?
Plane stupid: Mayor Bloomberg outraged over military photo-op involving low-flying presidential jet

So, what does the Obama administration do in response to all the anger stemming from their dumbass “classified photo op”? Well, they do what they do best, they apologize.

White House Official Apologizes for Air Force One Photo Op in New York City

White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera apologized for any panic caused by a flight mission and photo op that looked like Air Force One and fighter jets heading toward the New York City skyline Monday morning.

Caldera said he approved the mission last week and that federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey.

But for people who work in the New York financial district, the event brought back nightmares of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Numerous buildings in lower Manhattan evacuated in a panic during this morning’s false alarm.

“It’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused,” Caldera said in a White House issued paper statement.

See also:
Here Is the Guy Who Scared You This Morning, New York
White House Apologizes for Air Force Flyover
White House apologizes for Air Force One photo-op
An apology for Air Force One photo op
White House sorry for NYC flyover

The White House is sorry all right. Obama seems to like to apologize, especially for American history when he’s overseas, addressing foreign audiences. It’s amazing how they fit all those Keystone Kops into one clown car.

Hey Manhattan, at least you got your apology.

/Obama scares the [expletive deleted] out of me too, every day, and I’m still waiting for mine