September 29, 2012
What could possibly go wrong?
After giving advanced weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan, only to have them recycled and turned against us later, and after arming the anti-Gaddafi rebels in eastern Libya, only to suffer an RPG attack on our Benghazi consulate, now we are giving drones to the people currently in charge in Yemen. What could possibly go wrong? Casey L. Coombs of Aviation Week reports: Amid a series of controversial U.S. air strikes against high-level Al-Qaeda officials in the Arabian Peninsula, and renewed military cooperation with Yemen, officials in Sanaa are now expecting to get a supply of weaponry from the Pentagon, including four of their own UAVs. An anonymous Yemeni defense official, who was not authorized to speak with the press, tells Aviation Week that Yemen is receiving four AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven UAVs. The 1.9-kg Raven is equipped with sensors for target acquisition, and infrared cameras capable of displaying persons carrying weapons. "This type of technology would be very...(Read Full Post)