Saturday, January 07, 2006

Disgusting

This story will make you sick to your stomach. Apparently, our government, anxious for war, decided that actually protecting our soldiers from bodily harm was just not that important. I'll quote briefly from the San Diego Union-Tribune:

A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent (emphasis added) of the Marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops.

This is outrageous and calls for a Congressional investigation immediately. I cannot see any reason, for God's sake, that our troops were denied armor that could have protected them from injury or death. I don't have anything else to say, I think this story speaks for itself.

3 comments:

David Schantz said...

God Bless our troops and fire every one of our elected officials that votes to cut funding that would provide them (our troops) with all the equipment they need and deserve.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Baby said...

The funding bills for the war passed so no person in congress is responsible for the funding problem alleged by the poster above.

The lack or armor could be any reason. Incompetance, lack of supplies, or possibly more valid reasons such as the difficulty in wearing it for many troops. Armor is heavy, hot, and uncomfortable and mass distributing it may not be the simple solution alleged in the blog.

Jack Davis said...

baby,

Hot ain't dead,lol. Yes, the funds were appropriated by Congress that were requested by the executive branch. What is uncertain is if the Bush administration requested sufficient funds for the body armor. The news story I relied on (NY Times new service) said the troops were requesting more armor, but were ignored.

Thank you both for your comments.