The Victory Plan Revealed: ...Bombs Away
So, how often do you see one illustration that so captures a story? (I particularly like the symbolic, non-mechanized Iraqi observing from the sidelines.)
Guy Billout's illustration in the December 5th New Yorker accompanies Sy Hersh's article outlining the Bush plan to sub bombs for boys. As compelling as the speculation is, however, the background on U.S. bombing activity to-date is probably more significant.
Considering the use of air power in Iraq is only inferentially noted by the MSM, Hersh's "plane"-as-day discussion seems quite bold.
Here's a key passage:
The American air war inside Iraq today is perhaps the most significant—and underreported—aspect of the fight against the insurgency. The military authorities in Baghdad and Washington do not provide the press with a daily accounting of missions that Air Force, Navy, and Marine units fly or of the tonnage they drop, as was routinely done during the Vietnam War. One insight into the scope of the bombing in Iraq was supplied by the Marine Corps during the height of the siege of Falluja in the fall of 2004. “With a massive Marine air and ground offensive under way,” a Marine press release said, “Marine close air support continues to put high-tech steel on target. . . . Flying missions day and night for weeks, the fixed wing aircraft of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing are ensuring battlefield success on the front line.” Since the beginning of the war, the press release said, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing alone had dropped more than five hundred thousand tons of ordnance. “This number is likely to be much higher by the end of operations,” Major Mike Sexton said. In the battle for the city, more than seven hundred Americans were killed or wounded; U.S. officials did not release estimates of civilian dead, but press reports at the time told of women and children killed in the bombardments.
(Illustration: Guy Billout. New Yorker Magazine. December 5, 2005. p. 42)