1-This is not a ‘new’ weapon. This improvised type of weapon has been appearing for months on Live Leak under the Syrian war section.
2- This is an improvised weapon cobbled together from (usually) a cannon from an aircraft or an armored vehicle with some garage shop fabricated parts to allow manual firing.
3- While targets can be anything, in the videos I have seen of these types of weapons being used they are most often used against enemy occupied buildings, not individual personnel.
4- The source of the weapons is often from overrun airfields with abandon aircraft (MIG-27 etc) and armored vehicles (BMP-2) that have been disabled or captured.
Ok I am NOT a conspiracy theory type guy buuuuuuttt……The Russians have broke ties with us on willingly helping support the International Space Station (Let the Americans use trampolines line) and now TWO private space capable companies suffer catastrophic accidents. In addition the Russians have been playing more along the Soviet Cold War framework over the last 1-2 years (harbor ing Snowden, increased SSN patrols on OUR side of the Atlantic, closer ties with Venezuela and Cuba, more probing of US / NATO / Swedish airspace, possible spy sub in Swedish territorial waters, harassment of US embassy personnel / transportation, probable hacking into US commerce computer networks, possible hacking into US high level government computer systems, weapon sales to countries that funnel those weapons to terrorist organizations, and shooting down a civilian airliner). I would not put it past them to sabotage these programs in order to force the US space program to only have NASA to turn to for space operations. I am willing to bet that penetrating a single agency for industrial spying is easier then penetrating 3 or more. If the Russians are not actively sabotaging these projects then NASA would be the second organization I would point my suspicions at. The third option is just bad coincidence in a short period of time with two seaperate companies.
Ok I was wondering the same thing. It really is a strange coincidence..
 September 25, 2014 at 4:14pm
I fill a pair of combat boots and I do not mind the term. I do have hopes and dreams, I hope that we get serious (no ROE, no Geneva Convention, no press oversight, no political intervention once the mission is given to the Generals and no limit to where we can hunt these people out at) with fighting these people. I dream that one day these people will stop being such knuckle draggers and become civilized. Until then, shoot them in the face…..repeatedly.
I have 2 Marines and 1 in the Army. I share your wishful thinking concerning ROE's. But why will this action be any different from past actions.
September 23, 2014 at 7:37pm
You guys started it by sending Bieber down here.This was retaliation.
 September 23, 2014 at 7:31pm
I’m tired of many things but laws are laws which is what keeps a lot of stupid people from getting hurt or hurting others. On another note, has english been dropped as a form of communication? This guy seems to be speaking something similar to english but with errors in logic, sentence structure and conjugation.
There’s no capitalism in northern Iraq right now. Nor is there an EPA. Perhaps these people do not understand or fathom what a revolution entails. How did these people get to this location? Did they walk? Did they take some fossil fuel based means of transport? How did they get their clothes? Did they make them? Were they made in a factory that used electricity? How did the clothes get to the location where they were purchased from the factory? Fossil fuel burning vehicle? How about the food they consume? Unless they are wearing clothing they made by their own hand, walked to the protest, captured or raised their own food then they are all hypocrites. From the asphalt they walk on to the waste they leave behind will all be made with or use the things that they are protesting against.
None of them ever think that deep about anything. Except for their next handout. Just observing how AL Gore lives should tell you it's a sham. Nevermind actual evidence of the contrary. Have a discussion with these people some time. It is truly sad.
 August 10, 2014 at 6:21pm
Isn’t funny that threats are always wrapped up in a nice neat number that can be played on the news? ’100 ISIS fighters are already here’, for example. While I and you know that this is just for a sound bite the threat itself is real as it has been for several decades now. I do not care who is president (Bush, Clinton, Obama, the local dog catcher) it is not productive to blame this on a political party. The bottom line is that we must (1) be able to secure our country within the limits of our liberties (2) recognize and accept that the threat is both real, dedicated, resourceful and SMART (3) have contingencies for WHEN we fail to stop them (4) be willing to take the fight to them and those that shelter them by non lethal and lethal means (5) make all Americans understand that this is a fight to the death, theirs or ours and it WILL be ugly, it WILL be bloody, we WILL make mistakes and it will not be finished overnight.
Well stated, I totally agree. But it won't happen..we as a nation (read in Washington DC) have grown spineless.
Your post is perfect except for mentioning non-lethal means. Never should an enemy be allowed to survive. There are plenty of targets so there is no reason to deal with any one of them twice.
 August 8, 2014 at 8:56pm
Anyone find it ironic that the aircraft came from the carrier George HW Bush?
Also 500 pounders are mere firecrackers compared to what a F/A-18 could have carried. Depending on flight restrictions they could have dropped much heavier munitions. And why just 2 aircraft? I understand the need to maintain security for the carrier but only 2 aircraft? If you are going to send only 2 aircraft, please make one a B-52 and the other an AC-130 next time.
 July 31, 2014 at 1:08pm
I am in the military. I am an American. I believe in the law. I have a family. The active, guard and reserves make up about 2% of the population?If you add in ALL the law enforcement agencies I’m willing to bet the combined total is less than 4% of the population. So 96% of the population which includes generations of vetrans far out numbers the ‘bad guys’ in your scenerio. Additionally of the ENTIRE military, most personnel are NOT combat arms (ie grunts) but rather cooks and clerical etc(ie REMFs/FOBbits). So do you really think that a Coast Guard dental hygienist tech is going to kick down your door, drag you out into the street and line you up against a wall? Do you realise that the military nor any law enforcement agency produce the supplies (ie fuel, oil, ammunition, parts or food) needed to maintain an operation? You know who does? Part of that 96% does. Your doomsday scenerio is rife with holes in its logic. This country is too well armed, too independent thinking and too large for our small military (a lot of which is at sea or deployed in other countries) to be able to conduct such an operation.
July 29, 2014 at 2:01pm
Violet, you’re turning violet!
 July 8, 2014 at 7:40pm
Why did the attempt to infiltrate in broad daylight? Not tactically smart.
@FtBenning, nobody ever accused Haji of being smart. By the way, I have a lot of memories from Ft. Benning; Airborne School, Infantry School.....thanks for your service my brother.
All their candles got wet on the insert. So they skinny dipped for a while, floated like turds, then remembered at first light...
July 5, 2014 at 1:52pm
I wonder if
(A) They ran out of goats
(B) They ran out of donkeys
(C) They had to sit through numerous DADT (don’t ask don’t tell) briefings
(D) Now thier SHARP advisor will have to go through more certifications
(E) Who am I kidding, these guys are savages and they will rape a boy just as quick as they would rape a woman.
June 11, 2014 at 3:43pm
Why is it that people ‘take responsibility’ only when they get caught? How about they ‘take responsibility’ and act like decent citizens so that they will not have to ‘take responsibility’ later? I know, it is a radical new concept called being a law abiding citizen, but people like this should try it.
June 7, 2014 at 5:45pm
Soooooo water is sentient? Is water mad at us for consuming it, taxing it and using it in our toilets? Is this why the seas are rising? Orrrrr is she just a bubble head?
 June 4, 2014 at 9:06am
As soon as that chopper got clear there should have been 8 B-52′s loaded to the gills with dumb bombs dropping on that entire area. Then this video would never have seen the light of day but more importantly we would have erased several of their (Al Qeda , Haqanni, whom ever) fighters from the battlefield. But sadly I do not make these calls and neither do the guys on the ground.
And the 5 guys who were released would have a perfectly justifiable reason to wreak revenge on the United States Military, wherever they are! So, your dumb bomb theory is indicative of the warped thinking from which this dumb idea sprung!
January 13, 2014 at 6:33pm
Life in Wartime? Talking Heads?
December 30, 2013 at 11:52am
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December 30, 2013 at 11:44am
Perhaps this is the logic:
1) Go to economically depressed liberal area.
2) Set up shop.
3) Hire as many people as you can.
4) When the next gun control type political figure for the area comes up for election he/she will have to balance the misguided gun control policies against the desires of the newly employed (and now creating a tax revenue) people.
5) Expand until you have put gun rights (CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS) so far out of political danger in that area that the rights of the citizens in that area will not be threatened by NYC style gun right infringement.
6) Set up shop in another liberal, economically depressed area and repeat.
What do you think? Possible?
December 23, 2013 at 2:09pm
To the government of the state of Louisiana,
You represent a state. That state is filled with citizens, your citizens. While you wish to provide the best you can for your citizens I ask that you do not bow down to any privately owned company. If you do this then you become beholden to that company and not your citizens. You can not serve two masters. The people of Louisiana are your master, no one else.
December 1, 2013 at 1:31pm
Ever open a bank account, use a debit card, apply for a job, legally drive a car, apply for a loan, start a lease, join the military, get a passport, become a citizen, get into an R rated movie or purchase alcohol when you looked too young to? If you did any of these things in your life I’m willing to bet you were asked for a form of photo ID. Why is it the most important thing we can do as citizens that holds the greatest responsibility to our country (and other countries that deal with us) we shirk away from insuring that the person attempting to vote is A) of age to vote B) a citizen C) whom they claim to be? Votes have consequences that are far reaching and we treat the validity of the voter with the same care as someone buying gum.