Attack on Camp Bastion – A Few Thoughts
I tend to steer clear of commenting on current news events because it is difficult to keep up and not get swept up by the inevitable speculation but a few thoughts in no particular order.
It wasn’t about Prince Harry or anti Islamic videos, operations like that do not get lashed together overnight. The timing is coincidental although one would assume that if a newsworthy opportunity presented itself the Taleban would alter timings to show how they would mount complex attacks at short notice.
There has been an avalanche of ridiculous bullshit spouted across the internet ranging from how this is a game changer, a new tactic for the Taleban and we are all doomed, of course.
Look at the post date on this video.(H/T Arrse)
New tactics, not so sure.
Before pronouncing on the effectiveness of the base defences, whether the lack of investment in C-RAM is at cause or who is going to get the sack I think it would be wise to let cooler heads find out what happened first, make some sensible decisions and let them get on with it. I find it amusing to watch people so far removed and with so little experience making judgements on how crap Leatherneck/Bastion defences were or what they would do to fix it from behind their keyboards which of course always involves buying the latest gizmo.
The place is simply huge and impossible to make completely watertight, seems to me that whilst on face value there was a breakdown in security, the attackers were all (bar one) killed and the attack contained.
I mus stress, on face value, because none of use here are in possession of the full facts.
As usual, the mainstream media is falling over themselves to see who can talk the most cock, the most sensible piece I have seen by far came from the Afghanistan Analysis blog
Now that is a great read.
Sol makes a very good point about how the aircraft destroyed are going to have to be replaced from somewhere
I am just waiting for the inevitable comment about how air power delivered from carriers would have prevented this.