G*damit! So, I’m listening to the Republican convention in passing and in the little video revealing McCain’s life story, they say that McCain’s father ordered the “carpet bombing” of Hanoi.
Jeebus! Where to start. First of all, McCain’s father was an Admiral and any wide-area saturation bombing would be carried out by the Air Force. [update: see first comment]
Second, we never “carpet bombed” any inhabited area in Vietnam. This book excerpt nicely summarizes the bombing campaign against Hanoi. “Carpet bombing” by definition means saturating an area with bombs, by dropping them so close together that their blast effects overlap. The goal is to completely obliterate everything in the broad target area.
Had we “carpet bombed” Hanoi nothing would remain of the city. Most of the structures in the city were made of wood and the resulting firestorm would have scorched the entire city to the bare earth. Instead, we attacked specific militarily relevant buildings in and around the city. All the films you see of B-52s unloading over Vietnam are pictures of the bombing of troops in the jungle or the bridges that connect North Vietnam to China.
It’s a sad thing that not even Republicans can get this right.