DIME PREDATOR MISSILES.
One person standing in the way of expanded missile strikes: President Obama. Five administration officials tell NEWSWEEK that the president has sided with political and diplomatic advisers who argue that widening the scope of the drone attacks would be risky and unwise. Obama is concerned that firing missiles into urban areas like Quetta, where intelligence reports suggest that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and other high-level militants have sometimes taken shelter, would greatly increase the risk of civilian casualties. It would also draw protests from Pakistani politicians and military leaders, who have been largely quiet about the drone attacks as long as they've been confined to the country's out-of-sight border region. The White House has been encouraged by Pakistan's
own recent military efforts to root out militants along the Afghan border, and it does not want to jeopardize that cooperation.
Whats needed is a small missile that only kills in one room vs the whole neighborhood.
The Israelis Have some experience with just such a munition.
It would considerable lower civilian deaths while allowing
multiple strikes at HVT in dense civilian areas.
Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) munitions in 2006.
Follow up, 12.17.09, DIME explosives:
“Colonel: U.S. Failed to Get Best Planes,
Best Bombs, and Best Plans into Afghan Fight”
MORE: thirty-five pound laser-guided glide bomb
.TEST: deployed from fast sled.
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