UPDATE: Well, the Russians fail to disappoint. The use of nerve gas was effective, hundreds of people survived.
In the world of half-wits what is the measure of a man?
"Our dealings (with other countries) will be reciprocal," he said. "We'll deal with every country in the same way as they deal with us."Some are surprised and annoyed.
While Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest sites of Islam, is not exactly a figurative mecca for American tourists, thousands travel there each year. Among them is Carolyn MacIntyre, of Geographic Expeditions, who is going to the kingdom to look into arranging tour groups. She said she's not bothered by the extra hassle.
"What's alarming about this is that it reflects an attitude on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government that perhaps they are in some way being threatened by the people of the United States or we are no longer their friends," Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, R-Calif., said. "At a time when their people attacked us they should be bending over backwards to appeal to our friendship."So ~3,000 dead is not driving the point home, apparently.
But some see this move as more than an inconvenience. They say it's just another sign that Riyadh may not be as friendly to U.S. interests as it once was.Please apply 2x4 to head.
During Desert Storm, a laser-guided bomb cost between $120,000 and $240,000. A JDAM kit costs $20,000. In Desert Storm, just 3 percent of the bombs dropped were smart bombs. In Kosovo, where JDAMs were first used (though to a very limited degree), the figure rose to 30 percent. In Afghanistan, it approached 70 percent. Even my old sources in the Pentagon, the ones who used to look at smart bombs with cocked eyebrows, had to admit this new model broke the mold. It actually worked the way it's supposed to work. (If the GPS signals are somehow disrupted, JDAM's inertial guidance system can still get the bomb to within 10 feet of the "aim point," close enough by any measure.)And the turnaround time
Another breakthrough in Afghanistan was the accelerated flow of information. A special forces officer spotted a Taliban target, typed out the coordinates on a laptop, transmitted the information to an overhead drone, which relayed it to a commander back in Saudi Arabia, who sent it to a bomber pilot, who programmed a JDAM's GPS receiver and dropped the bomb. The total time lapsed: 19 minutes. In the Gulf War, assigning a particular bomb to a particular target took three days.
Then black despair,
The shadow of a starless night, was thrown
Over the world in which I moved alone.
With hue like that when some great painter dipsAdding Houellebecq should spice things up.
His pencil in the gloom of earthquake and eclipse.
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