Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Where are the armors?

In December of 2004, Specialist Thomas Wilson of the 278th Armor Calvary Regiment asked Secretary Rumsfeld, "Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up armor our vehicles?" The question leaded to great coverage in mainstream media and numerous inquiries on Capitol Hill. Everyone was talking about the need to give our troops proper equipment and protection. The Pentagon made promises of speeding up fielding of armor vehicles and armors kits. Legislators made promise of funding and oversight.

It is now six months since SPC Wilson asked the question and more than two years into the war. The recent footage of US Marines fighting in Operation Matador still shows the same ad hoc scrap metal humvees SPC Wilson spoke off. Armor welded together by troops on the field. The best it can do is provided minimal protection against small fragmentation, but not riffle round and certainly not blast. It is far less protective than our manufactured armor humvees and the armor kits.

Why are our brave marines going into battle on those things? It is utter disgraceful. It is further disgraceful no one is talking about it, not MSM, not officials, not legislators. And sadly, it is not even a hot topic in the blogosphere. Is our attention span that short?

This coming Memorial day, it is important to remember that American sons and daughters are risking their lives everyday, and their risk increase exponentially without proper armored vehicles. Show your support for our troops by keeping this issue alive. Please ask the question, where are the promised armors? I also ask that bloggers to blog more about it, at least remind your readers of the issue.


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