“It’s a new phase of air power”

Radio 4‘s Today programme had an interview this morning with Tom McInerney, a retired USAF general, in which the role of air power in this war was discussed. Most of this was the usual bigger-better-faster spiel about smart weapons and the like, but one statement in particular caught my ear.

In this discussion, McInerney was commenting on the interplay between ground forces and air support in the forces deployed to the Gulf, and made the statements “there’s nothing like it in the history of mankind” and “it’s a new phase of air power” before adding that he called this combination “blitz warfare”.

I can only assume that he was off sick on the day that his classmates in the academy were taught about blitzkrieg.

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