A reader posse responds to Ben Stein’s treatment of DSK. Plus: What about that second helicopter?
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Why is Ben Stein so concerned about DSK? He is presumed
innocent, that is why he had a bail hearing. He will very soon be
charged with a crime or released. I hope Ben knows we don’t have
special places for the well-connected public servants, Riker’s
Island is where I would go under similar circumstances. Ben is
shocked that this guy has no known entry level crime? Has he read
the papers? Women are emerging! Did O.J. prick a few with knives
before stepping up to slicing throats! I’m surprised Ben is
surprised. If DSK case follows that of the Duke lacrosse players
then this poor guy will be vindicated, his accuser will be exposed,
and his prosecutor will be shamed and ruined. Or he will just go to
Attica. I believe in the same rules as Ben Stein does, but why
speak up for this particular guy? I’m smelling some elitism.
— Harold Moyers
Has Ben Stein been dropped on his head, because it seems
he’s defending a man who’s a rapist and, well, even if the guy is
innocent Ben is coming across as though this woman is a liar
because a man like this wouldn’t dare do what he’s being
accused of and well that’s pretty sad.
Did Mr. Stein write a similar article in support of Julian
Assange, or Bradley Manning? Of course not. I call false outrage in
support of the monied class, Mr. Stein.
— K.C. Corcoran
San Diego, California
This reminds me of the Duke lacrosse team. The fact that
this guy was staying in a $3000.00 hotel room identifies him as a
mark for a potential set-up.
— Steve Smith
Damn, Ben; could you possibly write a similar article on
the confinement of Pfc. Bradley Manning?
— Gene Manon
Regarding the opinion of Ben Stein, please see mine
— Dimi Chakalov
Dear American Spectator,
The worst article I’ve ever read.
— Brian Oseredzuk
THE HELOS OF
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s The Mystery of the Second Helicopter:
The administration may have had a higher degree of confidence that bin Laden was in the Abbottabad complex, but they did not get it from satellite photos. Our current generation satellites have a resolution of about 0.3 meters (1 foot) for monochromatic (black-and-white) images and 1 meter for color images. In black and white, a human being would be a blob of 6 pixels by 2 pixels — if he was stretched out on the ground. Overhead, he’s be about 2 x 1 pixels — though his shadow could be used to estimate his height.
Persistent observation of the compound probably involved high altitude unmanned air vehicles such as Predator or Global Hawk, combined with human intelligence sources that could check out the compound by eye.
As to the number of helicopters, I believe there must have been a minimum of four involved: one for the team that assaulted the compound; one or two to insert teams in blocking positions around the compound to ensure nobody got out, or that a relief force could not interfere; and one spare to be used either in the event of a helo being lost (as happened) or to extract prisoners and casualties.
This is pretty much standard operating procedure. To engage in a raid of this sort with just one helicopter is asking for failure. Helos are nowhere near as reliable as fixed wing aircraft, and one must always provide a margin of error. Given the low speed of helicopters, having a spare bird on the ground in Afghanistan would be unacceptable — it would take the better part of an hour to get to the compound, at a time when seconds count.
I will say this: our special operations capabilities have
improved immeasurably since Operation Eagle Claw, Jimmy Carter’s
debacle in the desert — which was, by the way, the subject of my
first article for The American Spectator more than three
— Stuart Koehl
R. Emmett Tyrrell’s “The Mystery of the Second Helicopter” is almost incomprehensibly obtuse. It should seem clear that the SEALs needed a second helicopter for the precise reason it became indispensable to the mission: it would provide egress in the event the other was taken out.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online