History Headscratchers / IndependenceDay

11th Oct '17 4:34:36 PM Antediluvial
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9th Oct '17 5:45:59 PM ErikModi
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** That, and the White House is, ya'know, ''The White House''. Where the President and a good chunk of important government officials live. Taking it out, even if the President and his immediate staff manage to evacuate, is still going to seriously hamper efforts to respond to the sudden attack. Likely, the first attacks were "whatever is most physically central to the city" (if not a country's Capitol) or "the actual, physical structure where the country's leader lives" (if it is a Capitol).
16th Sep '17 10:56:33 PM brian577
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** Area 51 is officially a base for testing aircraft; it's not an active military facility, so heavy aircraft munitions like guided bombs, bunker busters and nuclear weapons would not be stored there. The base would only really have air to air missiles on hand, but even then that's stretching it due to it's nature as a test site. While other intact bases (however few there were) would logically have nukes and heavy firepower available, it's probably wise not to hit each city destroyer with a nuke, due to the radiation and "nuclear winter" concerns.

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** Area 51 is officially a base for testing aircraft; it's not an active military facility, so heavy aircraft munitions like guided bombs, bunker busters and nuclear weapons would not be stored there. The base would only really have air to air missiles on hand, but even then that's stretching it due to it's nature as a test site. While other intact bases (however few there were) would logically have nukes and heavy firepower available, it's probably wise not to hit each city destroyer with a nuke, due to the radiation and "nuclear winter" concerns.
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16th Sep '17 9:04:51 PM brian577
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16th Sep '17 9:03:37 PM brian577
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[[folder: Why destroy the "Welcome Wagon" helicopters?]]
* At the time there was still about 20 minutes before the attack began. Why destroy them early?
22nd Aug '17 2:24:00 PM Antediluvial
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** Area 51 is officially a base for testing aircraft; it's not an active military facility, so heavy aircraft munitions like guided bombs, bunker busters and nuclear weapons would not be stored there. The base would only really have air to air missiles on hand, but even then that's stretching it due to it's nature as a test site. While other intact bases (however few there were) would logically have nukes and heavy firepower available, it's probably wise not to hit each city destroyer with a nuke, due to the radiation and "nuclear winter" concerns.
30th Jul '17 11:00:26 AM LtFedora
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30th Jul '17 10:58:19 AM LtFedora
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** This was the first time they had a means to communicate with the aliens that didn't involve lasers. Whitmore used this in the slim hope that they could find a peaceful solution. Then, when the alien attacked the president, one of the few government officials still standing, that was their cue to blow it to hell.

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** The novel clarifies the first attack. Steve explains that his team's attack is merely a probing strike to assess the aliens' defenses, and a second wave would provide heavier firepower. As for the second one, they were fighting with whatever they had on hand. The aliens had systematically attacked most American bases, after all.
16th Jul '17 10:16:02 AM nombretomado
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** Taking a page from human history, it is typical for invaders to ride on local infrastructure whenever possible to reduce their own cost or effort. For example, the conquistadors make use of the excellent Incan road system to help them conquer Peru, and in WW2, some advancing Allied units used the existing telephone system in Germany to call in and convince mayors in some German towns to surrender early.

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** Taking a page from human history, it is typical for invaders to ride on local infrastructure whenever possible to reduce their own cost or effort. For example, the conquistadors make use of the excellent Incan road system to help them conquer Peru, and in WW2, [=WW2=], some advancing Allied units used the existing telephone system in Germany to call in and convince mayors in some German towns to surrender early.
14th Jul '17 10:37:33 PM AielareME
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** How do you know Alien Death lasers don't act that way? Have you ever built an Alien Death Laser?
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