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      Monday
      Aug082011

      The Chinook Catastrophe: Familiar Tactics

      Bob Mulholland's second post in his continued analysis of the The Chinook Catastrophe.

      Some national news today has "experts" asking why did they send in the Seals, but I have not heard about why they sent one slumbering Chinook with 38 troops into a firefight in a Valley.

      What was well documented in Vietnam was the VC and the North Vietnamese troops would wound (not kill) an American in the open who then might scream in pain and if any American troops tried to get to the wounded guy then shoot to kill the "rescuers".

      The other more deadly tactic was to set up anti aircraft weapons well camouflaged  on hills over a valley and ambush a patrol who would then call for help and the military sent in helicopters who then got shot out of the sky. It happened often. It sounds like that's what happened with the Chinook over the weekend in an area that is full of Taliban. Makes you wonder if the U.S. military even teaches this because they did not expect the attack, which makes you wonder what are they thinking.

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