Originally Posted by rdwalker
, or flying B-51's and pulverizing the places from 50 thousand feet above?
I don't mean to be picky - but when you say something like that, I'm inclined to seriously question your understanding of military action and foreign policy - let alone appreciate your comments on national security.
A statement like that puts you into the 'emotional anti-war' thinkers "pigeon-hole". I don't think that's what you're after.
A contemporary P-51 - restored. They haven't been in active service for several decades now.
A B-52 bomber - a tool of the US' strategic forces.
Only reference to a "B-51" I could find was for an experimental plane called the XB-51. I really don't think it was ever used for anything over foreign soil.
Also note: 50K is the 52's ceiling, not it's operational altitude. But I think I understand your inference anyway. But is it valid?
NGOs - like doctors without boarders - aren't agents of government, but military forces are. Maybe who sent them and their assigned mission would have more to do with the methods of implementation?
Following your inference further, I'm sure everyone around the world would simply LOVE it if the US Army showed up in their city center to operate a medical clinic. That's sure to go over very well.
As offensive as French bashing is - so is bashing the US military.
Inferring that pilots are somehow lesser people due to their doing their job in the air instead of on the ground... I don't think you mean that. Or do you mean to say the US has no right to defense? We should just accommodate our attackers?
I'm sorry to say your sensationalistic idiom is so out of context with reality, I'm not sure what you mean.