06/21/2005: Definitive evidence of the bAdministration's military incompetence....
When I read things like this story, I wonder why the families and friends of service members in Iraq don't rise up as one and demand the impeachment, delivery to the Hague, and trial and execution of the idiots in Washington for their crimes against humanity (not to mention the negligent homicide of their sons and daughters):
John Tod of Mesa had been prepared to face Father's Day worrying about his son's pending date with the war in Iraq.It seems to me that there is a First Law of Military Preparedness: if your soldiers and marines have to buy their own equipment with their own money before they are deployed, then you are not prepared to fight the war you're contemplating. Even if you look like a chimp, and need a successful war to bolster your political capital (and to prove to your satisfaction that your dick is bigger than your Dad's...)
Then Uncle Sam stepped in with more disappointing developments.
Marine Pfc. Jeremy Tod called home with news that his superiors were urging him and fellow Marines to buy special military equipment, including flak jackets with armor plating, to enhance the prospects of their survival.
The message was that such purchases were to be made by Marines with their own money.
"He said they strongly suggested he get this equipment because when they get to Iraq they will wish they had," Tod said.
Total estimated cost: $600.
Tod said his son's call about two weeks ago from the Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma was a sobering reminder that the military is not prepared to equip Pfc. Tod and fellow Marines with the best equipment.
Fucking morons. And to think they're contemplating invading Iran.
We deserve to lose in Iraq. I hope we don't, but we sure as hell deserve to...
Len on 06.21.05 @ 08:02 AM CST