Sunday, April 10, 2016

U.S. Deploys B-52 Bombers to Middle East. First Time in 25 Years

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Saturday, April 9, 2016. The U.S. Air Force says it has deployed the bombers to take part in the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group. It is the first time the Cold War-era heavy bombers will be based in the region since the 1991 Gulf War, when they operated from neighboring Saudi Arabia

This cannot be considered a good sign for the people of the area! 
Washington Times
The U.S. Air Force has deployed B-52 long-ranger bombers to the Middle East, for the first time since the Gulf War ended, to conduct strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, officials said Saturday. 
An unknown number of B-52s will be based at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, the U.S. Air Force Central Command said in a statement. 
“The B-52s will provide the coalition continued precision and deliver desired airpower effects,” Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command and Combined Forces Air Component said, Fox News reported
The announcement comes a day after Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. would “turn up the pressure further” against the Islamic State during a surprise visit to Baghdad Friday to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

B-52's imply carpet bombing. Carpet bombing harkens back most vividly to Vietnam. Where the honourable (facetious) US military carpet bombed civilians in a manner that could only be considered a crime against humankind. All of human kind. Including the abundant use of napalm.
Though I am aware of the carpet (fire) bombing of Germany and Japan also. Probably elsewhere

I feel sickened by the evil being planned presently:


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  1. You'll notice that the US did not park these planes in Saudi Arabia- as they've done previously. Of course readers here know that Saudi Arabia is on the naughty list and Israel really needs the entire area remade for it's benefit. So....

  2. And for the record: It is April 10/2016

    7:51 pm EST and it is snowing and snowing and snowing!!!!

    I've personally never seen this much snow, accumulating this far into April. We have been well, well below normal temps since spring began three weeks ago- we have a snow storm warning presently as most of eastern Canada remains well below seasonal norms- winter was more normal then the three past years- and I live between the great lakes who are supposed to have a moderating effect on the climate

    In 1977 the blue jays played their home opener in the snow

    That year we also had the infamous blizzard of 77

    As kids we had a hell of a lot of fun!
    And yes we all went out!

    Toronto report from this Friday April 08/2016

    Where is spring as winter drags on and on.

    No wonder I do not believe in AGW

  3. Penny,

    As I read this aloud to my husband and got to "B52", the first words out of my husband's mouth was "carpet bombing". I could scarcely read the rest for the catch in my throat.

    I wish I had more to say other than this is so distressing.

    Thanks for posting. I'm not kidding when I say I have a couple of places I go for news and you're one of them!

    1. Gwen, believe me I felt distressed when I read the news also- You're not alone

  4. In re: blizzard of 1977

    I was 15 and remember being stuck inside our home as the blowing snow kept piling up against the doors. I'm originally from central Ohio and I remember that this blizzard is what created a new law in Columbus that if the mayor declares a "snow emergency", all cars parked on the side of the streets have to be moved (under penalty of towing at your expense) in order to get the snow plows through the streets.

    I also remember that blizzard for another odd reason: we heard a very loud sound, like an explosion over our house. It was much louder than the sounds a wood frame house makes as the wood expands and contracts. Over the decades I've occasionally wondered what that sound was.

    1. Hey Gwen! Were around the same age then!

      I remember the blizzard because we did not stay home, no school, no stores open, nothing like that, but went out walking the neighbourhood in zero visibility, wind blowing, like I'd never seen before
      my younger sister had a near mishap, let's say I grabbed her very quickly from harms way..

      and even that wasn't enough to make us go home

      afterwards- snow, snow everywhere

  5. B52 can also drop cruise missiles, so they're not completely synonymus with carpet bombings. Irak's destruction was one of the 'faits d'armes' of the B52. They even brag about that on wikipedia (2d bomb wing: The 596th Bomb Squadron, 2d Bomb Wing flew what was then the longest combat mission in the history of military aviation at the start of Desert Storm in 1991. Seven B-52s flew a 35.4-hour mission On 16–17 January 1991 and, for the time in U.S. Air Force history, fired a devastating barrage of conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile (CALCMs). The official name of this mission was SENIOR Surprise, unofficially it was referred to as Secret Squirrel. The 2d Bomb Wing delivered one-fourth of all U.S. Air Force bombs during Desert Storm. The 2d Bomb Wing KC-135s and KC-10s provided more than 1,000 of the 13,700 coalition refueling missions. etc.

    1. hey gallier! that exactly what hubby said, cruise missiles also

      either? or? makes me feel terrible about where this is heading

  6. Days ago NATO was said to be considering contributing AWACs to pick up long range targets in Iraq. What might those long range targets be? Russia just deployed a KALIBR loaded ship to the Mediterranean plus the attack helicopters.

    The ongoing dysfunction in Iraq - note the US just calling out Maliki for plotting another "coup" (the same Maliki the US 'waited out" when the Mosul situation ensured) and the flury of reports about the Mosul offensive being stalled provide some backdrop to the latest move.

    Another hit piece on Saudi on those 28 pages on news program 60 minutes.

    Incidentally widespread reports of cluster munitions in yemen

    And a message to Iran given for not living up to the 'spirit of the deal'; no dollar clearing either

    WAPO: The dangerous concessions keep coming

    "The Obama administration may soon tell foreign governments and banks they can start using the dollar in some instances to facilitate business with Iran, officials told The Associated Press, describing an arcane tweak to U.S. financial rules that could prove significant for Tehran’s sanctions-battered economy."

    Since Denied.

    But Russia has also made a mockery of the Israeli claims to be holding up the S300 transfer on the notion of Israeli intelligence about Hezbollah direct weapons transfers by the Iranians (ironic considering the Russian close in ground support for Hezbollah in Syrian (maybe even Iraq in last reveal they are fighting there too) and latest warning about the rebel massing in Aleppo). Interfax reporting last week the transfers were imminent (though not the 400, sighted in Algeria last summer)

    "Moscow has frozen plans to transfer S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran on the strength of Israeli intelligence showing that Tehran had transferred other Russian weapons to Hezbollah, the Jerusalem Post reports, citing Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida."

    And the US just said wit will block the Su sales to Iran

    Like Russia sanctions push for renewal

    1. The first S-300 system has been delivered to Iran, via the Caspian Sea. These presumably will be the latest version too.

      Russia and Iran countered US objections by stating that Iran is a partner in the fight against ISIS. I guess they think ISIS has an airforce too!

      Maybe the Russians have a good idea what targets the B-52s were going to hit. Maybe the US plan has just hit a problem?


  8. Some rather interesting Lavrov comments and an invite predating the Panama leak

    Lavrov notes similar views of Russia and Panama on world order

    Bringing into focus the former citbanker and wiretapping scandal?

    "Martinelli's victory was an exception to a trend of victories for left-leaning Latin American candidates"

    And the curious case of Italy:

    Italy was an appropriate destination. One of the scandals dogging Martinelli involves allegations of $875 million in bribes paid to Martinelli associates by members of the Italian government of then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, according to testimony in a corruption trial in Naples. The money was reportedly intended for greasing several contracts for Italian companies to provide security equipment and jail construction in Panama.

    Which brings into focus:

    Panama releases former CIA operative wanted by Italy

    Caribbean banking centers 3rd largest holding of US treasury debt (AHEAD of Saudi Arabia and the oil exporters per 'data") which brings into focus the calls for more clarity on Saudi Arabia considering the big Panama reveal..

    1. thanks anonymous- I can see I've got a bunch of reading to catch up on

  9. They might last awhile, providing they fly against undefended territory like they've done for the last 40 years.
    If there are bona fide S-300, etc. waiting, they're worthless.
    Standoff cruise missiles is all they can do against defended territory.


    2. I disagree with your assessment. You must also consider which S-300 system is being sold. They are comparable to the NATO/US patriot system. You might take a look at how the Israeli looks at these. In essence Iran possessing the S-300 system complicates matters. As does where the Iranians choose to deploy them. They would certainly complicate matters off of the Iranian coast. Detection is as much a part of the game as the armaments.

    3. Hey Charles: weapons are not my strong suit

      Though I think L Garou is saying it won't be as easy for the B-52's and I think you are agreeing?
      But am not entirely sure?

  10. Video tapes and saadam tapes back in the headlines.

    Ezzat al-Douri pushing Baghdad to hold back the Shia militias. Hezbollah just announced that it was fighting under local command in iraq. And US fire bases and B52 with NATO AWACs for Russian sortie detection?

    1. anonymous: 11:28 am

      yah, I saw that news about the king of clubs or whoever he was in the deck..

      and I have a very curious video myself, featuring him and another recent mention here at the blog- not sure what to make of it, but, I'm going to post it anyway.

  11. The perception management machine of indoctrination - the media - has done an excellent job of never really illuminating for the general public what bombing actually means. They have no fucking clue what it means in terms of percentage of civilian deaths, smart bombs and all (another joke name, not a funny one though). They have no idea what the bomb is ACTUALLY meant to do:
    - create terror, panic
    - disrupt and kill all community services (water, electricity, etc)
    - create fear amongst the people, with the randomness of death
    - kill any form of transportation
    - ...and have the side effect of some military installations damaged as well

    But the primary purpose is to have random killing of general population, create fear and panic and terror, disruption of basic services (which in turn leads to more death, starvation, disease, etc).

    That's what bombing is. It's murder of civilians on a grand scale.
    But the media never report that.

    1. Great comment. Terror is the objective. Perpetreated by a terrorist organization second to none. One that makes the barious takfiri groups look like a bunch of boys throwing dirt bombs at one another. Must I name names? US/NATO?

    2. Hi Slozo :)

      "The perception management machine of indoctrination - the media - has done an excellent job of never really illuminating for the general public what bombing actually mean"

      sigh... I know :(
      And thanks for that very concise hard hitting bit of truth-
      If the perception managing media can't do it, it's up to you and I and Charles and james and silver palomino and karin and my anon linkie person and gallier and wiz oz, gwen, willy, rachel and everyone who reads and comments here to do it- It really is the only way.
      apologies to anyone I've missed.

  12. Replies
    1. Hi Pen :)

      regarding the B52s, one has to consider who the target/s audience of the announcement is/are; presumably the Russian and Syrian govts plus the embattled terrorists (the cavalry is coming!)

      I think the B52s are primarily a bargaining chip in the time honoured US/israeli manner - create a problem and then negotiate concessions for the removal of the deliberately and arbitrarily imposed problem

  13. They will be target practice for the S-400 missiles.

    1. You get it. The B-52's are not the fastest most manuverable toys.

    2. hello alabama mothman and Charles!

      So, your saying the B-52 is not the most maneuverable so that could be a problem? Now I get it.
      thank you both