Comments: Oh, For a New AVG

I believe that the modern coin aircraft listed are turbo-props, not piston engined.

Posted by jon spencer at March 7, 2011 01:26 PM

I fully support people putting their own lives on the line to satisfy their convictions. I am not so supportive of providing them with taxpayer assistance in the form of planes, fuel, munitions or training. The only inference that one can take from such support is that America is taking sides in an internal conflict. It is a short walk from there to blood for oil mantras and calls to expel the infidels. I believe we don't have a dog in that fight so we should just mind our own business. Sure, everyone wants us on their side. But their gratitude is fleeting and comes at the price of alienating everyone else.

My personal preference is to let the entire Islamic world burn itself to a cinder in ceaseless internal conflicts that leave it no time for interest in us.

Posted by Professor hale at March 7, 2011 01:34 PM

Technically, I believe the AVG were members of the militia, American military pilots on extended leave without pay, and were folded back into the Regular Army Air Force or their respective services as the war turned in the favor of the allies.

Posted by Meredith C. Walters at March 7, 2011 03:23 PM

Has anyone thought of hiring Executive Outcomes? They offered to stop the Rwandan Genocide if someone would pay their expenses if I recall correctly.

Posted by Will Butler at March 7, 2011 10:28 PM

The Flying Tigers had covert Presidential sanction and major financial assistance slipped to them roundabout from FDR. Our current president hasn't the cojones to even covertly suggest such a stand, much less risk an approval rating point on the very thought.

Posted by Tully at March 7, 2011 10:39 PM

Why are you rooting for the Taliban/AQ/Muslim Brotherhood here?
Khadaffi is doing the world a favour by killing the guys and you want to make it harder for him?

Posted by JTW at March 8, 2011 05:36 AM

Is that what Obambi is afraid of? That by openly opposing Khaddafi he might benefit the Muslim Brotherhood? Well, then why doesn't he just say so, instead of standing around with his thumb up his ass.

I haven't heard our president voicing any concerns over who is running the revolt- if it is the MB then shouldn't he be bringing that to our attention? Maybe then he wouldn't look so damn
weak and pathetic.

So far the only 'leader' who has described the revolt as being run by 'the Taliban/AQ' is Khaddafi himself. Hardly a credible source.

Obambi is rapidly proving himself a petty little bully. He quite happy to push around his domestic opponents when he has both houses of Congress and the entire MSM on his side. But faced with anyone actually willing and able to hit back and he freezes up and then goes into ostrich mode.

Posted by ThomasD at March 8, 2011 11:39 AM

Lybia and Syria vs. Egypt and the rebels sounds like a first round tournament game.

Posted by bman at March 8, 2011 05:12 PM

Interesting thought for a new AVG/CAT/Air America. Their true bravery will never fully come out in the public eye. There seem to be lots of calls to go out and hire Executive Outcomes as they were every effective and trustworthy. Unfortunately for all of us EO is no longer in business. The founder still blogs regularly at:

It is a very classy website and Mr Barlow politely answers all questions if they are relevant and do not contain profanity, garbage, insults etc.

For all the grief good PMC take, like the foulness directed (and still directed) at EO eventually good people have to sit back and re-group. There is massive rot in the media - and unfortunately a majority of voters believe their garbage.

Posted by John at March 8, 2011 11:25 PM


That is:

"....very effective"

Sorry all

Posted by John at March 8, 2011 11:26 PM