Israelis Whacked by Complacency?

The World Tribune has some absolutely damning things to say about IDF readiness.. and hubris.  The article describes a certain amount of laziness that would be inexcusable in the face of any threat more imposing than Hamas, and one which bodes poorly in the current conflict.

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  1. celogo

     /  July 22, 2006

    What do you think of this news from the New York Times

    But an arms-sale package approved last year provides authority for Israel to purchase from the United States as many as 100 GBU-28’s, which are 5,000-pound laser-guided bombs intended to destroy concrete bunkers. The package also provides for selling satellite-guided munitions.

    An announcement in 2005 that Israel was eligible to buy the “bunker buster” weapons described the GBU-28 as “a special weapon that was developed for penetrating hardened command centers located deep underground.” The document added, “The Israeli Air Force will use these GBU-28’s on their F-15 aircraft.”

    American officials said that once a weapons purchase is approved, it is up to the buyer nation to set up a timetable. But one American official said normal procedures usually do not include rushing deliveries within days of a request. That was done because Israel is a close ally in the midst of hostilities, the official said.

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  2. I think that it may support the assertion that the Israelis chose not to purchase it within the last 12 months. Timeframe is an issue, as bunker-busting from the air has been a notable problem for military planners since GW1 to one extent, and from Afghanistan to a certain extent.

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