|Originally posted by Formula88:|
It certainly is, but it's a symbolic and largely useless gesture so he can say he did something. If it's just the beginning - good for him, and good for the lives that may be saved. It's time to see if his actions will match his talk.
I think there is more to this than a symbolic use of firepower or global projection of power. No political decision is made without considering every single nuance and political risk or attribute.
The F/A-18 Superhornets used in the attack were from Navy Strike/Fighter squadron VFA 213. There are 3 other FA 18 squadrons aboard CVN 77 but none of their names had the word "black" in them, so current political correctness dictated that VFA 213's Blacklions got the job. I'm more than a little confident that they are 100% up to the task.
The Pentagon and intel forces could of course used drones to carry out these attacks or even tomahawks from CVN 77's battle group such as the accompanying
USS Truxton (Arliegh Burke Class DD) or USS Philipine Sea--a Ticonderoga Class guided missile cruiser, but the guys down in the bowels of the war rooms were looking at damage control contingencies (the blame game) should the USA shoot down another civilian airliner, or drop bombs on innocent civilians. Hellfire missiles from drones are traceable straight back to 1600 Penn Ave and it's resident, so some layer of publicly perceived insulation was needed. Enter, CVN 77, AKA USS George HW Bush. I can see MSM and the liberal social media's battle cry now should things go south and come from together. "It's All Bush's Fault!"