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Revenge Will Be Sweet

America has started retaliating. I think that it's good that they waited and took their time, instead of being goaded into instant revenge, which i think may have been what the WTC attacks were intended to cause. This would have caused problems with other countries, so it's good the way things are being done. Whether it's right or wrong, accept the fact that the lives of Osama Bin Laden and his followers arn't worth jack shit. The U.S will get them, and i think that it's right, for killing that many innocent civilians. The U.S has bombs that bore holes into the ground to collapse the underground networks of the Afganis, and so much more weaponry.

Below is are a few links you might want to check out with more detailed stories, and also a discription of some of the weapons the U.S. is deploying.

Some of the Weapons Used in Sunday's Attacks Against Afganistan:


Tomahawk Cruise Missile:

A long-range, jet-powered cruise missile launched from Navy ships and submarines. First used in the 1991-1992 Persian Gulf War, the missile has since been used several times since, including 1998 attacks on Osama bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan. The missile uses Global Positioning System technology and computer mapping programs to hit its target.

Manufacturer: Raytheon Systems Co.

Engine: Turbofan and solid rocket booster

Length: 20 feet, 6 inches with booster, or 18 feet, 3 inches without

Diameter: 20.4 inches

Wingspan: 8 feet, 9 inches

Weight: 2,900 pounds, 3,000 pounds with booster

Cost: $600,000

Range: 1,000 miles

Speed: About 550 mph

First ready for use: 1986

Inventory: Not listed

Joint Direct Attack Munition:

A special kit that fits on the tail of a conventional 1,000-pound or 2,000 pound bomb allowing the bomb to be guided by global positioning systems. The military developed the system after the Gulf War to allow planes to drop conventional bombs during bad weather or from longer distances.

Manufacturer: Boeing

Length (JDAM and warhead): From 119.5 inches to 152.7 inches, depending on size of bomb

Wingspan: Either 25 inches or 19.6 inches

Weight: Between 1,013 pounds and 2,115 pounds

Wingspan: 19.6 inches to 25 inches

Range: 15 miles

Ceiling: 45,000-plus feet

Cost: About $21,000 per kit

Range: Up to 15 miles

First deployed: 1999

Inventory: Projected total, 87,496 Air Force, 62,000; Navy, 25,496

B-1B Lancer:

A long-range bomber which can fly around-the-world missions. First built to carry nuclear bombs, now used to unleash conventional bombs. First used in combat to support operations against Iraq in 1998 during Operation Desert Fox.

Manufacturer: Boeing, formerly Rockwell International

Engines: Four turbofans with afterburners

Length: 146 feet

Wingspan: 137 feet, with wings extended forward; 79 feet with wings swept back

Speed: More than 900 mph

Range: Intercontinental

Weapons: Up to 80 conventional bombs, 30 cluster bombs, 24 guided "smart" bombs

First deployed: 1985

Crew: Four (aircraft commander, pilot, offensive weapons officer, defensive weapons officer)

Cost: $200 million

Inventory: 51 battle-ready bombers in Air Force, another 18 in the Air National Guard

B-2 Spirit:

Also known as the "stealth" bomber, the B-2's "flying wing" shape, special materials and other measures are designed to make it difficult for enemy radar to track.

Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman Corp.

Engines: Four turbofans

Length: 69 feet

Wingspan: 172 feet

Speed: High subsonic (less than 750 mph)

Range: 7,255 miles

Weapons: 40,000 pounds of bombs

First deployed: 1993

Crew: 2 (Pilot and mission commander)

Cost: About $1.3 billion each

Inventory: 21 (1 test)


B-52 Stratofortress:

The B-52 is the U.S. Air Force's workhorse bomber, able to drop or fire a wide variety of bombs and missiles. B-52s dropped 40 percent of the ordinance on Iraq during the Gulf War. With airborne refueling, the planes can fly around the world. During the Gulf War, for instance, B-52s took off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., fired missiles at Iraq, and returned home in marathon 35-hour missions.

Manufacturer: Boeing

Engines: Eight Pratt & Whitney turbofans

Length: 159 feet, 4 inches

Wingspan: 185 feet

Speed: 650 mph

Range: 8,800 miles without refueling

Weapons: 70,000 pounds of ordinance, which can include bombs, mines and missiles

First deployed: 1955

Crew: Five (aircraft commander, pilot, radar navigator, navigator and electronic warfare officer)

Cost: $74 million

Inventory: Air Force active, 85; Air Force Reserve, 9