I mean no disrespect to former 1st Infantry Division rifleman and D-Day veteran Gardner Botsford, when I say he’s full of shit. Read what he says in today’s New York Times:
Over the years, the material devastation wrought by bombers has been stupendous, and the civilian death toll beyond calculation. (At least we are never told what the calculation might be; whatever it is, it was increased by some 3,000 on Sept. 11.) Now it is Iraq’s turn, and one can dwell on the thought of the Mother of All Bombs being wrestled and heaved to the door of a plane’s cargo bay, and then shoved out to do its stuff on an ancient, rickety city like Baghdad, population five million.
So there we are, confronted by a paradox