Friday, September 07, 2007

Death From Above - Afghanistan

This is an AC-130 gunship - first used in Vietnam - taking out a terrorist base. It gives you a much different view of the war than you get from newspapers or even TV news.

If you would like to watch an enlarged version here is the YouTube address: Targeting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

I have had the honor of working to a very limited extent on some of our earlier infrared targeting pods. The video uses a FLIR camera to take the images. In many ways this is not dissimilar to stomping on ants. For the most part the ants do not have a chance.

I like Patton's version of how to treat the enemy.
"We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun cocksuckers by the bushel-fucking-basket. War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts."
Here is George C. Scott doing the Patton speech with most of Patton's most colorful language censored. Here is an updated version with Iraq as the theme.

HT Joe Katzman at Winds of Change

Cross Posted at Classical Values

1 comment:

Flanders Fields said...

Great video. It was interesting to watch the precision. Daytime cannot compare with nighttime views of their machine guns raining down like a curtain of fire. I loved them in Nam. You had a good feeling that no one was going to get close to you when these were in the air.