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  •  You are attempting to rationalize and minimize (0+ / 0-)

    the impact of NATO's devastation on the country. Your post only reflects on how many strike sorties were made by US forces - forces who were not supposed to be dropping bombs according to Obama's statements.

    The US used their B2 stealth bomber for several sorties. Here's their payloads (note the quantities of bombs these massive aircraft can carry):

    Armament:

        2 internal bays for 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) of ordnance.[55]

        80 × 500 lb class bombs (Mk-82) mounted on Bomb Rack Assembly (BRA)
        36 × 750 lb CBU class bombs on BRA
        16 × 2000 lb class weapons (Mk-84, JDAM-84, JDAM-102) mounted on Rotary Launcher Assembly (RLA)

    Here's a typical "strike sortie" by 3 B2 bombers:

    B-2 stealth jets return after epic 11,500 mile journey to bomb Libyan aircraft shelters
    March 21, 2011
    They dropped 45 satellite-guided bombs weighing 2,000lbs each

    Canada alone dropped hundreds of bombs before they ran out in late April and they only had 6 planes (each could carry up to 9 weapons depending on type).

    You are attempting to have us believe that all of NATO had less than a few hundred bombs and rockets.

    Denying truth with misleading information does not help your cause in the long run.

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