Friday, September 30, 2005

Oddly Enough...

I ranted here a few weeks ago about how troublesome it is that our government promised that capturing Osama bin Laden was our number on priority after 9-11 and yet, more than four years later, they haven't done that and there has been no outrage and no consequences.

Here's another thing that ticks me off, along those lines. Remember when Gulf War II was supposed to be easy? That was during the run-up to Gulf War II, before "Mission Accomplished," and before the war turned out to be not only hard but perhaps unwinnable by any means.

Why did the war backers think it was going to be a cakewalk?

Our surperior equipment. The Iraqis would be ragtag, badly trained and poorly armed. We'd bring terror from the sky, night vision goggles, heavily armored ground vehicles and body armored soldiers who could take a shot to the chest and keep on fightings.

During the 2004 elections, a lack of armor for our troops was a major issue.

It's still a major issue.

How can this be? The people who sold us this war and promised that it would be easy because of our unbeatable equipment have failed to supply our troops with said equipment. Body armor and vehicle armor were key the strategy and essential to keeping the promises that the war-backers made. By design and promise, the war was meant to be almost comically unfair, as if we'd sent a horde of unstoppable killer robots to take out the Michigan militia.

We're two and a half years into this war. A lack of armor for soldiers and their vehicles is still an issue. Why? There's a horde of contractors in the US, both large and small, with military and police contracts, who would love to supply armor and could do it quickly. This might sound way too cynical, but did somebody, or a lot of somebodies, in Washington decide to pay for the cost of this war in dead American soldiers, rather than cash?

I've gone all serious again, but I didn't want this war. It's our government that responded, "I know you don't, but it will be easy. Two and a half years from now, you'll have forgotten all about it." They were wrong. Negligent, too.


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