As EU,US,NATO top Brass scramble to shout at Mr Putin and Mr Dmitry Medvedev for having the chutzpah to bomb civilians in another country's sovereign territory - coalition aircraft flew 47 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In Afghanistan a total of 60 close-air-support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols. In following Air Link Daily reports for a long time this looks like a record daily number of missions.
For example a B-1B Lancer dropped a GBU-31 1,000 lb bomb onto enemy militants near Qalat. A JTAC declared the mission successful.
Under the banners of Iraqi Freedom, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-12s and 38s onto House-Borne improvised explosive devices near Khan Bani Sad. The mission was declared successful by a JTAC.
Near Samarra, a Navy F/A-18A Hornet dropped a GBU-51 onto a building with enemy combatants. A JTAC confirmed the mission successful, etc., etc.,
" ...the balance of power in Europe has fundamentally changed and Russia has, through the use of force against Georgia, seized the power to veto Nato's future membership. " says David Blair, Diplomatic Editor in todays Daily Telegraph