How the Pentagon wages war even when it says it is broke

THE SHINBONE STAR

Allied weaponry lights up the sky over Damascus. — ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

April 13, 2018, 8:09 p.m. (Damascus Time) Damascus Radio: Explosions are being heard around Damascus. We also have good information that fighter aircraft are involved, launching air-launched cruise missiles from over the Eastern Mediterranean with the help of tanker support. French SCALP-EG, the UK’s Storm Shadow, and the American JASSM are likely to have been used, as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles from U.S. and U.K. submarines, as well as from U.S. Navy destroyers. Those fighters may also be providing air cover for American and allied ships in the region.

April 13, United States, 0800: A reporter learned the U.S. Air Force has fired Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missile in combat for the first time. Nineteen missiles were launched from two B-1B Lancer bombers at Syrian chemical weapons research and…

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