I dont' dislike American troops, I suggest you read the previous thread on the stroker in the A10. I'll re-iterate it for you....
There are 2 types of friendly fire incidents. Those that, in the heat of battle that are truely accidents and unavoidable and then there are the acts of absolute idiocy that lead to the deaths of their own people.
I can accept the first type, anyone in the military understands that. But the second type, that's unacceptable AND deserves negative comment. Dont' kid yourself, it's quite possible to identify your target PRIOR to attacking it and to then attack it, but it seems that some pilots don't bother to do that, and on the information given so far this seems to be one of those incidents.
I would have commented the same way if this pilot was American, Canadian, Korean, Russian or Australian. It's got nothing to do with anti-american sentiment and everything to do with the fact that the UK/US Governments have sent their soldiers over to fight a war which in itself is a very dangerous thing to do. These people are being shot at by people who want to kill them, they are doing a very dangerous job. THEY DONT NEED TO BE
SHOT AT BY
THEIR OWN PEOPLE. The pilots have an obligation to identify prior to attacking.
I don't know if it was reported over there or not, but one of our FA
-18 pilots aborted a mission and returned to base without firing a shot, some people (foreigners) complained about this but when interviewed the pilot could not verify that the target did not involve friendly fire and accordingly he did not engage. He was NOT reprimanded for that.
Given that the Iraqis have NO aircraft in the air the risk is far lower to the aircraft and they really do have enough time to assess prior to attack unlike the soldiers on the ground who are at higher risk and must make decisions in a more timely manner.
and this "house mom" spent enough time in the RAAF to know this is a fact.
and yyz, you should try keeping your mouth closed as it would be better if we just thought of you as a fool rather than you proving it every time you open your mouth. You clearly know nothing about Australia and your comments on the aboriginals are ignorant and nothing more than you having a petty tantrum.