Prior to the rise of ISIS, it was relatively easy to be a non-interventionist libertarian, focusing on the economy and civil liberties and staring daggers at the NSA. Ah, the good old days.
Then people started getting beheaded over in that familiar region we just left. By all accounts, good, honest people just trying to do their jobs. People who couldn’t defend themselves because they weren’t warriors. American people.
And so now we fire our disdain from the air, presumably because that’s still not “intervening” in the traditional, Bush Doctrine sense. But we’re getting better at striking from the air. Because we’re working at it.
Fired by the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, the Maverick missile is engineered to fire from F-15s, F-16s, A-10s, F/A-18s, Harriers and P-3 surveillance planes, among others. The weapon can also be fired from helicopters.
The Navy variant of the Maverick is built with a special mechanical safe arming device to ensure safety of the weapon while it is handled on ships, such as the deck of an aircraft carrier, McKenzie said.
The laser-guidance technology of the weapon increases its ability to strike fast-moving or maneuvering ground targets, he added.