I just saw Apocalypse Now for the first time and it was great. One question I have is about the airstrikes the captain told Chef to call for if he's not back in 8 hours. The captain gives Chef the coordinates to use.
I'm a bit confused. If the location could be bombed by air, why did they send the captain in to assassinate Kurtz? Was it because they'd prefer not have collateral damage? I find this hard to believe considering 1) through out the movie they didn't care what they destroyed 2) most of the people with Kurtz were Viet Cong.