Unless the military expects an odd run of good luck, why on earth are they bombing tunnels? That’s like firing a rifle shot into a crowd and expecting the bullet to find the bad guy.
It will be far easier to get to bin Laden when thecontrols the territory around the tunnels. And right now we aren’t doing a damn thing to help those guys break through.
Saw John Simpson, the BBC’s man on the front, yesterday on TV. The US was bombing. Not much happened. You could see the breastworks WWI style across a no-man’s land, and then theforts. And a couple of times, high in the sky, you could make out an Amerian fighter/bomber dropping a bomb.
There might have been five or six bombs dropped over the course of the day.
As Simpson pointed out, no doubt tomorrow (today) the newspapers would say that the US focused on the front lines. And for the guys directly under the bombs, life sucks. But within the field of vision there were other forts and other bunkers unhurt, and for those guys it was as if there was no war at all.
Hopefully if the Soviet Union launched a conventional war in Europe we had a plan. Hopefully this plan did not consist solely of F-18s straining to carry a couple of bombs. Presumably had the Red Army come crashing across the border our B-52s would have flown 24/7 raids carpet bombing their supply lines and any fixed positions they might have had. The Soviets would have had fighter planes and good surface to air missiles, but still the big planes would have flown, and where they had been would be a moonscape.
Where are the big guys now? The Taliban have nothing larger than Stingers, which can’t fly high enough to challenge B-52s. Why aren’t we levelling the Taliban positions, just grinding them under with weeks of bombing runs? Maybe we don’t want to hit the city centers so we don’t send Pakistan over the edge. But in the name of bringing this somewhere near progress, why aren’t we eliminating the Taliban ability to mass?