I think the handwriting is on the wall.
I think we're going to see a package deal.
They recognized that our air power was just going to brush aside their conventional forces, which is what happened in the early part of the ground campaign. They knew that the only chance they had was to wage a struggle against us that marginalized our air power.
For a Predator, it certainly did make a pretty good size bang. Normally one thinks of the warhead on the Hellfire (missile) destroying the contents of the building rather than destroying the building.
The problem with the current conflict is that when our people get captured, they get their heads chopped off.
As recently as Desert Storm, they thought advanced communications was a fax machine.
The Iraqi security forces have disintegrated on two previous occasions, in early 2004 and late 2004. They will probably be a work in progress for some time to come.
If we were to respond to the oppressed people of Khuzestan, we would also unburden the mullahs of all of their oil revenue.
It slowly dawned on them that the collaboration between Pakistan, North Korea and Iran was an ongoing and serious problem. It was starting to sink in on them that it was one program doing business in three locations and that anything one of these countries had they all had.
Millimeter-wave sensor technology has the potential to locate camouflaged objects on the ground or help guide missiles.
The struggle against evil doers is a growth industry and the Marines want a piece of that. The special operations community is getting a lot larger and they need more people.
Whatever level of aid and comfort they are providing to various other regional troublemakers, at this point they seem to have gauged successfully how annoying they can be without provoking a significant response.
The sort of evidence you're going to be able to gather is not going to be courtroom quality evidence.
It's the best simulation you can get, unfortunately.
It really doesn't matter what's the color of their uniform. It's not like they're going down to the flight line and grabbing a mechanic and handing him a rifle. These folks have the skills.
If you suspected somebody else was doing that trick to you, these things would come in very handy for plucking them away.