The danger wasn't from radar controlled missiles on the ground; the air forces took all or most of them out in the first week of the campaign.<quoted text>
My Naval assignment was to knock aircraft out of the sky. What I found troubling was that the aircraft had anti-ship missles that had much longer range than our anti-aircraft missles.(The aircraft could fire at us before we could fire at them). Saddam found out that we had that capability too.
Apparently the sky wasn't dangerous for the two unarmed drones we had flying over the consulate to send video back to the State Dept and the WH. Why would we bother getting our planes in range of their anti-air missles. They were being laser painted, use our smart missles to take them out... you don't need to wait until you see the whites of their eyes anymore.
But, one thing you do need to do... put the attack aircraft in the air.
The danger was from the terrorist formerly named Muammar with a shoulder mounted weapon taken from Qaddafi's secret stash, and they're heat seeking, not radar guided.