Bombs Away

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"Bombs Away"

Kingdaddy wonders why there’s an active duty two star Air Force general who’s running around to various publications saying we should bomb Iran as a key element of our counterinsurgency toolkit. In my non-expert view, this probably has something to do with the fact that the Air Force as an institutions seems very friendly to crazy people. Any organization that Thomas McInerney could have a successful career in has some problems.

(Or, to put this more fairly, the classic American strategic error of the contemporary era is having too much faith in firepower in general and in air power in particular; in some sense, Air Force personnel are the ones who are best-positioned to see the problem here, but anyone who sees the situation accurately is unlikely to succeed in the Air Force’s professional context which is going to be biased in favor of individuals who are strong believers in the utility of air power)

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