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The U.S. Suffered Its Worst Airpower Loss Since Vietnam Last Week and No One Really Noticed

Atlantic Wire: The Taliban attack on an air base in southern Afghanistan on Friday drew coverage for the way the insurgents cloaked themselves in U.S. army uniforms to gain a tactical advantage, but few have taken note of the historical proportions of the damage inflicted. John Gresham, at the Defense Media Network, has published a detailed account of the attack on Camp Bastion, in which two Marines were killed, six U.S. Marine Corps jet fighters were destroyed, and two more "significantly" damaged. Those facts were all carried in most reports, but if that just sounds like a typical damage report from a decade-long war, you're wrong. Gresham explains the devastating damage done to VMA-211, the name of the Marine Corps attack squadron that was most affected last week, noting that it is "arguably the worst day in [U.S. Marine Corps] aviation history since the Tet Offensive of 1968." Or you could go back even further. "The last time VMA-211 was combat ineffective was in December 1941, when the squadron was wiped out during the 13-day defense of Wake Island against the Japanese."

He spells out some more of the details of the attack:


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Considering the odds against the Taliban

At the start of the war, it is unbelievable.

This type of war is ill-suited to the American military...hell probably any military.

No wonder they are flying drones and killing indiscriminately, the military strategists are probably at their wits' end, but once you start doing drone attacks, you lose the 'hearts and minds' so to speak. And then we end up with attacks like the one to which you refer.

Probably dumb to ask

but I thought they destroyed all that stuff anyway and wouldn't bring it home? I mean that's the reason the military gives for burning Bibles and Humvee's etc...too much cost involved in returning the materials. Maybe the Marine stuff is extra-whole-lotta-special and losing it is not an option? I mean this ain't tinker toys and this ain't games, this is real 'stuff', real lives. Argh!

Don't mean to sound snippy. I've just been a mean-tail lately, since my bf died 9/16.

The USO just sent me (my dead father) a letter asking for $$$'s with the wording "There are no stockings in Afghanistan" on the outside (getting ready for Christmas drive I'm guessing). So I circled my dad's name, wrote "deceased, return to sender" on it and in huge letters on the back of the envelope I wrote "SO BRING THEM HOME!!!" Like we've got stockings here doggoneit.

I just woke up Celeste, perhaps I did not get my nap out and should refrain from posting first thing. +1 anyhow

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer


I am sorry for the loss of your dear friend. I saw it on another one of your posts. We are tired and ready for change all of us. It is time.
I always wanted to mention how I loved that picture of your beautiful daughter at a Ron Paul Rally.
Keep your chin up. Change is in the air. I feel it and it will be wonderful.

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

Hope so :)

I'm going to my first excom since Tampa tonight and I am not playing with these folks, wearing my "Tyranny Response Team" t-shirt on their "holy ground" and going with a 'point of inquiry' I plucked from this week's Chuck Baldwin's "This is Insanity" =

“How can a person (group) who has succumbed to evil have the discernment to say which evil is greater? When people consciously surrender the spirit of virtue and integrity by deliberately supporting a candidate they know has a track record that is antithetical to the principles of liberty, how are they qualified to judge what is good and what is evil?” and then if I have to follow-up, finish the statement up with Baldwin’s: By knowingly rejecting truth and a good conscience, they have already accepted the spirit of evil in their hearts. Such people are in no condition to make moral judgments regarding good and evil!”

So send up a prayer for my poor husband, he'll probably have to sit on me. ;)

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

You go girl !

Right makes might !!

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

What to do with a people that

What to do with a people that will not be conquered? The Afghan people have proven time and again they are indomitable. I find myself cheering for them in spite of my compassion for those countrymen who lost their lives. We have no business being there. The sooner we leave, the better for all concerned.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan