The Distant Executioner – Vanity Fair

Another very well written article from Vanity Fair.  I started keeping an eye on their website ever since their article on Erik Prince of Xe (Blackwater) back in December of last year.

You shoot one man, you terrify a thousand. That was the theory outside of Afghanistan. Through generations of warfare, it’s what sniping was largely about. By hiding in open sight and shooting precisely, snipers killed enemy officers, sowed fear in enemy ranks, and covered their own army’s retreats. Sometimes they went out to kill opposing snipers, because artillery was an ineffectual response, but rarely did they go off on assassination missions or do Hollywood things, as is generally thought.

Full Article – HERE

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Steven S. April 8, 2010 at 01:17 pm

From the first page that I read, it looks like a pretty good article, Ill have to read the rest of it later.

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Dan April 8, 2010 at 03:57 pm

Very good article.

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Dave April 8, 2010 at 05:20 pm

It’s long, but well worth the read. Two thumbs up!

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Jared April 9, 2010 at 09:05 am

Good Stuff! Vanity Fair – Who knew.

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Ross April 12, 2010 at 04:09 pm

Such BS.
The National Guard talking down because they are out of shape and incompetent. Sure, some SF guys get big heads and act arrogant. But at least they can do their job…and pass a pt test

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