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  •  Another drug war story (2+ / 0-)
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    paulbkk, oldpotsmuggler

    An E-3A AWACS, a KC-135R tanker, and a pair of F-16C's on strip alert in Panama'.  Two dozen aircrew and maybe a hundred mechanics, each fed and billeted on $100 per day.  Flight time costs $10,000 per hour per jet.  Missiles are a quarter million per pop.  Out in the jungle, an unspecified number of Army Rangers keep the bad guys away from the airfield fence.  We occasionally hear shooting as we tend to the jets.

    In two months we scramble maybe four times.  One time nets us a freighter, but the freighter makes it into Costa Rica, with whom at the time we do not have any military assistance or law enforcement agreements.  The ship is impounded but the crew walks.  The score is several tons of marijuana.  Numerous smuggler aircraft merely flip off our fighter crews and keep flying.  They know the missiles are for show only.

    This took place in 1991.  Your $1.9 million in tax dollars produced a "donation" of a few tons of marijuana to the Costa Ricans.  T

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Ghandi

    by DaveinBremerton on Wed Jul 27, 2011 at 09:50:27 PM PDT

    •  Wisdom from the frontlines. n/t (0+ / 0-)

      There can be no protection locally if we are content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 05:19:10 AM PDT

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      •  How much old pot have you smuggled? (0+ / 0-)

        Pray tell, oldpotsmuggler...

        Regarding wisdom, I suppose you're right.  Problem with wisdom is that we learn it after we need it.  The drug interdiction deployment I described is one of the few truly dumbshit things I got stuck being part of.

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Ghandi

        by DaveinBremerton on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 07:38:34 PM PDT

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