Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Gen. Franks dispels the myths regarding Tora Bora

Gen. Franks really hammered John Kerry's lies from the debates about the Tora Bora offensive (see my previous post here) showing that the Senator really has no clue what he's talking about (via Shot in the Dark):

[Tora Bora is] a place to which few people are acclimatized, the jagged peaks and arid plateux of the Hindu Kush, much of the area over 10,000 feet above sea level. It's a brutal place under any circumstances; nearly devoid of roads, it defies conventional military operations, as the Soviets found to their chagrin 20 years ago. Helicopters don't perform well; trucks and tanks flounder without roads; mens' physical performance is grossly impaired until they are acclimated to the area. Kerry's blandishments about "outsourcing" the operation and shunning the "best trained troops in the world" is pure illiteracy; well-trained as they are, the US regulars didn't know the area, they weren't acclimated to fighting in the environment yet, the area was not conducive to regular military operations, and the locals, led by the Special Forces, were the right troops at the right place at the right time.

Hey that's what I said! Of course Shot in the Dark makes it sound much more elegant and official than my puny little post, but at least I can rest assured that other Jedi are using the force to defend our way of life better than I.