"There you go with all them numbers and letters again," Black Mac said. "Just tell us how much demo was gonna be used to sink the mother."
"Well, if you recall from training, the haversacks each carry twenty pounds of a very high explosive - much more destructive than dynamite."
"Jesus," the Deuce King said. "They were going to use 40 pounds against that aluminum hull?"
"Better safe than sorry. But as a matter of fact, the general who wanted the SEALs to tow the Lear onto the Paitilla runway and slash its tires also wanted the SEALs to avoid using explosives against the gunboat."
Donkey Dick said, "How the fuck you gonna sink a boat without explosives? Drill a hole in her?"
"The general decided he didn't want to sink the gunboat because gunboats are expensive. He told the C.O. he wanted the divers to wrap chains around the propellers so the boat could not get under way."
"Where did this general get his notion of how SEALs operate?" the Deuce King asked. "From reading the funny papers?"
"He probably likes Buzz Sawyer," said Skipper Stein.
"I'm sure the general wanted to minimize damage to the boat and surrounding area, because after we took Noriega out, we would be dealing with a friendly government that would need expensive boats and Lears."