This New York Times article will just break your heart. Why are Army Reserve and National Guard units being sent into Iraq without being properly equipped? Regardless of how you feel about the war itself, how does this sort of thing happen?
“According to figures compiled by the House Armed Services Committee and previously reported in The Seattle Times, there are plans to produce armor kits for at least 2,806 medium-weight trucks, but as of Sept. 17, only 385 of the kits had been produced and sent to Iraq. Armor kits were also planned for at least 1,600 heavyweight trucks, but as of mid-September just 446 of these kits were in Iraq.”
Anybody else see anything wrong there?
I used to work with a guy who’d served in the Navy. One of his favorite expressions was “You’re sorry? Sorry won’t feed the Admiral’s cat.” Or, in this case, armor the dead spc.’s Humvee.