Sending Bombs

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The New York Times on Israel's request for an expedited shipment of precision-giuded bombs:

The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance that the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran’s efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.

The munitions that the United States is sending to Israel are part of a multimillion-dollar arms sale package approved last year that Israel is able to draw on as needed, the officials said. But Israel’s request for expedited delivery of the satellite and laser-guided bombs was described as unusual by some military officers, and as an indication that Israel still had a long list of targets in Lebanon to strike.


The new American arms shipment to Israel has not been announced publicly, and the officials who described the administration’s decision to rush the munitions to Israel would discuss it only after being promised anonymity. The officials included employees of two government agencies, and one described the shipment as just one example of a broad array of armaments that the United States has long provided Israel.

One American official said the shipment should not be compared to the kind of an “emergency resupply” of dwindling Israeli stockpiles that was provided during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, when an American military airlift helped Israel recover from early Arab victories.

David Siegel, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, said: “We have been using precision-guided munitions in order to neutralize the military capabilities of Hezbollah and to minimize harm to civilians. As a rule, however, we do not comment on Israel’s defense acquisitions.”

Israel’s need for precision munitions is driven in part by its strategy in Lebanon, which includes destroying hardened underground bunkers where Hezbollah leaders are said to have taken refuge, as well as missile sites and other targets that would be hard to hit without laser and satellite-guided bombs.

Pentagon and military officials declined to describe in detail the size and contents of the shipment to Israel, and they would not say whether the munitions were being shipped by cargo aircraft or some other means. But an arms-sale package approved last year provides authority for Israel to purchase from the United States as many as 100 GBU-28’s, which are 5,000-pound laser-guided bombs intended to destroy concrete bunkers. The package also provides for selling satellite-guided munitions.

An announcement in 2005 that Israel was eligible to buy the “bunker buster” weapons described the GBU-28 as “a special weapon that was developed for penetrating hardened command centers located deep underground.” The document added, “The Israeli Air Force will use these GBU-28’s on their F-15 aircraft.”

The New York Times, working to actively undermine the US by knowingly printing information that could anger Arab governments and hamper Condi Rice's efforts at diplomacy. By their own admission, no less. One hopes the Times hurries it's rush to bankruptcy and ceases operations.

UPDATE: The Real Ugly American points out an ugly truth.

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  3. Donna says:

    Well, this news should end the hypocrisy of those critical of Iran and Syria for arming Hezbollah. As well, it should dispel any notion of the USA being an ‘honest broker’ in the Middle East.

    Speaking of hypocrisy, what is a thinking peson to make of the bizarre logic of Israelis dropping leaflets warning southern Lebanese to leave, then promptly bombing the very roads and fuel depots that would provide those trapped families with the pavement and fuel to escape the killing fields?

    We are witnessing a genocide under the guise of ‘defensive war’. The ‘permanent peace’ desired by the biggest guns is the ‘permanent death’ of as many people as possible. Somehow this reminds me of the pseudo-sportsmen who think they are macho to go shoot animals trapped in ‘private hunting reserves’. Gotta feed their bloodthirst, I suppose. All that is necessary to be so ‘macho’ is to forget God’s laws and submit to Satan’s pleasures, and, oh, yes, to dismiss the humanity on the other side with some collective labeling.

  4. Gaius says:

    Donna, you really are very wrong here.

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  8. K T Cat says:

    Too bad for the New York Times that the Arab governments are probably pretty happy about us sending bombs so the Israelis can stomp Hezbollah.

  9. You are far too kind Gaius. Donna is very insane.

    There is no comparison between re-supplying a free democracy and a terrorist organization.

    Get it Donna?

    Of course you don’t.

  10. Donna says:

    I agree with the Ugly One that you are kind, Gaius. When he says you are ‘far too kind’, I think he is wishing you would attack me personally.

    I have done commenting here because, from many of your posts that I have read, you seem to be well-rounded, strong and clear in your positions, and interested in observing and engaging in the world we all share.

    In my view, using dismissive labels to attack someone who sees things from another perspective is rather childish and wimpish. Anyway, thank you, Gaius, for the times you let me have my say on your blog and thank you for being strong and mature enough to be able to disagree without resorting to ugly taunts.

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