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Tuesday, February 13

This is how we "Support Our Troops"

From what I've been reading since day 1 of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the following is old news. But it's in the news again and probably buried in the middle of the newspaper:
WaPo: The Army is working to fill a shortfall in Iraq of thousands of advanced Humvee armor kits designed to reduce U.S. troop deaths from roadside bombs -- including a rising threat from particularly lethal weapons linked to Iran and known as "explosively formed penetrators" (EFP) -- that are now inflicting 70 percent of the American casualties in the country, according to U.S. military and civilian officials.
The Army never had enough Humvee armor. By now, you would think that someone would get with the program. This is no way to conduct a war. Don't they have planners? The troops had to devise their own vehicle armor and learn welding in a snap while under fire. When this was addressed to Rumsfeld a few years ago, the press acted like some sort of commie liberal put the young man up to the question.

How does the president support the troops?
Bush is planning to cut funding for veterans' health care two years from now. "The cuts come even as the number of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is expected to increase 26 percent next year." And they wonder why young men aren't signing up in droves to fight the next war in Iran. It is suspected that these cuts were ordered in order to balance the budget.

This country really ought to just give up the imperialist business and go back to manufacturing things that don't "go boom." It would be "Christian" thing to do.


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