Rotluchs: Why is it hard to believe that American soldiers would absolutely care about the safety of a child? They are all sons, fathers, brothers, daughters, sisters and mothers over there. I have no doubt they did not want to hurt that child and would have not engaged if the child remained. They had the coordinates. Just knowing the IED was there meant it was benign. Killing the insurgents would have been a bonus. Saving the kid is human. The IED took care of the insurgents. The kid got away. Win-Win-Win
omeganuepsilon: Kahabut: Why does the video after detonation have debris on the camera? Think about it for a second.Because the artifacts were there the whole video.As someone who worked on such equipment it was the first thing I noticed. I imagine requirements as such are less strenuous out in the field, but if we had any nicks in the lens covers that were visible on video, it got swapped out ASAP.On helicopters, typically it's nicks and pockmarks, take offs and landings(you and other aircraft) can stir up a lot of hard particles. The things are supposed to be stowed(a position where it will take the least amount of damage), but often enough it's just flipped off wherever it was pointed.F-15's in the SE United States the big thing was farking bugs splattering and epoxying in place. You think the bumper on your car is bad...
DubtodaIll: Egoy3k: Deep Contact: Must of been a very quiet helicopter.It was probably a good distance from them. The optics on an Apache (or any attack helicopter) are pretty impressive and it's unlikely that the Taliban has any idea of their capabilities.I would think so as well. In the consumer market you can get thermal cameras with an operational range of 8 miles. The goods in the consumer market are at least 20 years behind what is available to the military.
FarkinNortherner: Joe Blowme: The one authorized by congress and given the green light by the UN?On the basis of information the intelligence community knew to be false.
Kahabut: It's so much more fun to make up conspiracies though.
StrangeQ: Anything in today's military is commercial off the shelf.
STRYPERSWINE: The information that every intelligence agency in the world agreed on and still stand by to this day?
DrPainMD: And, by "insurgent," they mean people who are standing in their own yards desperately trying to defend their homes and families from a foreign army. I wish the next group much better luck.
here to help: Yanno... it's one thing to be glad some bad guys had their cunning plan foiled but the sheer joy being expressed here is a little gross. Those are people just trying to deter an invading army like many of us would if put in the same position.War is disgusting and not something to fap over.
Prank Call of Cthulhu: [www.thecomputershow.com image 300x225]"Them boys blowed up reeeeeeal good."
Egoy3k: lordaction: According to the liberals that post on all these vids, these guys were just poor farmers that were tilling the ground to plant crops for their hungry children. On a side not, isn't it amazing how silent the anti-war left has been since Obama got elected. It is almost as if those guys were giving aid and comfort to the enemy purely over politics.If you think making stupid (in this case incredibly stupid) comments on the internet is 'giving aid and comfort to the enemy' then you have a seriously distorted worldview. It's no wonder that people like to you equate socialized medicine with communism.
SweetDickens: Damn...the good bad guys lost a gained an hero
Arthen: That's an AC-130 optics package. Source: parallel flight motion, lack of chopper noise in audio, this dream I had.
Kludge: Yep, we're burning a shiatton a fuel in $130 million state-of-the-art airplanes, for hours at a time... monitoring a few guys down the road from their house with an IED that's worth $100.What do you think the actual, hourly support cost of all the personnel involved with that mission was?And we've been doing this for a decade... and we're sequestering our spending here at home?
smazzocity: DrPainMD: And, by "insurgent," they mean people who are standing in their own yards desperately trying to defend their homes and families from a foreign army. I wish the next group much better luck.Yes, because no native Afghans tried fighting the Taliban themselves.
randomjsa: DrPainMD: And, by "insurgent," they mean people who are standing in their own yards desperately trying to defend their homes and families from a foreign army. I wish the next group much better luck.I'm guessing you missed the part where they were actively engaged in an act of terrorism
factoryconnection: Alonjar: I wonder if they were actually planting the bomb, or if they were trying to remove it.They observed the men bury and conceal the device, and then unearth it. People don't usually camouflage things that they've discovered and want to remove.I'm just glad the kid did in fact, get out of there, but it was probably his father, brother, uncle or other close relation that did the blowing up.
weltallica: [i.imgur.com image 640x480]Because no people , anywhere, would ever have a just reason to fight Americans, right?Remember Abeer Hamza.
flynn80: So, instead of invading Afghanistan we could have just sent them unstable munitions and crappy Chinese fireworks and then they would blow themselves up, saving trillions of dollars?
randomjsa: DrPainMD: And, by "insurgent," they mean people who are standing in their own yards desperately trying to defend their homes and families from a foreign army. I wish the next group much better luck.I'm guessing you missed the part where they were actively engaged in an act of terrorism and thought nothing of having a child, probably one of their own, near an active and unstable bomb.
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