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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

How About Supporting our Troops With Proper Armor?

Published on Friday, January 13, 2006 by the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (New York) 
by David Rossie

Can ANYONE, please, explain to me again, how this "privatizing" of traditional functions of the military was supposed to save the US government money? Does one 'private contractor' ("privateer" has a nice ring to it) do the job of 5-10 GIs? That's easily the pay difference between them. --pseudolus

"A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of the Marines who have been killed in Iraq from (sic) wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials."
-- The New York Times, Jan. 7, 2006
I wish all of the terminal Republicans and tin-pot super-patriots whose letters in support of the war and those who foisted it upon us adorn these pages would please go back and re-read that first paragraph.
Nowhere in that paragraph or elsewhere in the story does it say that Michael Moore or Cindy Sheehan had anything to do with withholding that protective equipment from the Marines and soldiers.
Nor does the study blame the liberal mainstream media for the failure to provide enough armored Humvees to the troops? A failure that has resulted in hundreds of deaths by improvised roadside bombs.


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