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Abolish the Air Force?
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, November 01, 2007

That's a discussion a group of bloggers is having over at The American Prospect. I've added my opinion in the first comment of the thread.
 
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The first paragraph of Farley’s essay cites a Lancet study saying that U.S. airstrikes have killed 50,000 to 100,000 Iraqi civilians, or about 13% of civilian casualties. That suggests that, at the time the survey was published in October 2006, Iraqi civilian casualties amounted to between 385,000 and 770,000 since the invasion in March 2003.

I’m always leery of estimates that have a margin of error of 100%, and in this case, I also find it hard to believe that, on average, between 9,000 and 18,000 Iraqi civilians died each month in the 42 months between March 2003 and October 2006.

That would mean that U.S. airpower killed 1,100-2,200 Iraqi civilians on average each month duing that time. Surely we wouldn’t be wringing our hands over Gitmo and waterboarding if that were the case.

Sorry, McQ; Farley’s essay lost me at the first paragraph.
 
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Sorry, McQ; Farley’s essay lost me at the first paragraph.
Heh ... I can dig it. Frankly I didn’t think the entire thing, much less that portion, was especially well argued.
 
Written By: McQ
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Still it’s about abolishing the US Air Force! let’s not quibble with facts...letts just get rid of them and their fancy watches and giant egos....All my friends serve in the Ground Forces, sorry. No disrespect meant towards Dale’s service, but really he wasn’t in the USAF, he was a grunt, really, not really a part of those people as my firends style them.
 
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What’s that line about always preparing to fight the last war?

I can’t wait till we are fighting over the Taiwan Straits, but all we have are CAS planes run by the Army. I supposed they’d do well in the beach fighting if they lived long enough.
 
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