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Friday, January 20, 2006

This is Bush's War

Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, recently received this email from a close friend serving as an officer in Ramadi:
Paul,
I wish I had the time or energy or memory capacity to describe to you how wrong this whole thing has gone. It's just as you described it a couple years ago. We can make a difference here, and I believe in the mission as it looks on paper. But your president and his brain-dead colleagues aren't even trying to give us what we need to do it. The add-on armor HMMWVs are a joke. The terrorists target them b/c they know they offer no protection. The M1114s have good armor, but every time we lose one (I had one blown up Monday, driver had his femoral artery cut -- will recover fully -- b/c there apparently is no armor or very weak armor under the pedals) it's impossible to replace them. So now I have to send yet another add-on armored vehicle outside the wire daily.
The M1114s also have certain mechanical defects, known to the manufacturer, for which there is apparently no known fix. For example, on some of them (like mine) if it stalls or you turn it off, you cannot restart it if the engine is hot. We have to dump 3 liters of cold water on a solenoid in order to start it again. Not that much fun when your vehicle won't start in Indian country. I wonder if DoD is getting a refund for the contract. Speaking of contracts, KBR is a joke. I can't even enumerate the problems with their service, but I guarantee they do not receive less money based on how many of the showers don't work, or how many of us won't eat in the chow hall often because we get sick every time we do.
There is so much. I could go on forever. The worst thing, which we have discussed, is that they are playing these bullshit numbers games to fool America about troop strength. If they stopped paying KBR employees $100,000 to do the job of a $28,000 soldier, maybe they'd have enough money to send us enough soldiers to do the job. As it stands we have no offensive capability in the most dangerous city on earth. General Shinseki should write an Op/Ed that basically says, "I told you so." Idiots.
Where are the AC-130s? The Apaches? They have them in far less active AOs (areas of operations). All we ever get is a single Huey and Cobra team, both of which are older than I am. It's such a joke. They're not even trying. At all. They have Apaches in Tikrit but Hueys in Ramadi.
I wish every American could see this for him/herself. Registering your frustration at the ballot box isn't nearly enough. There should be jail terms for this.

4 Comments:

At 1/20/2006 11:41 AM, Anonymous Itinerant Librarian said...

There indeed should be jail terms for this. It is bad enough the powers that be launched a war that was not justified. It is simply disgusting that they send the troops with poor equipment and support, and then hypocritically claim that they are all for the troops, rah rah!. Maybe we should pack the President and his cronies in one of those poorly armored vehicles so they get a first hand look.

 
At 1/20/2006 3:41 PM, Anonymous Bush Supports the Troops! said...

VA PUTS MENTALLY ILL VETERAN BACK ON THE STREETS WHERE HE'S

BEATEN TO DEATH -- BUT, HE GOT A GREAT FUNERAL! -- THE SYSTEM

TAKES BETTER CARE OF DEAD VETERANS
http://www.vawatchdog.org/old%20newsflashes%20JAN%2006/newsflash01-20-2006-6.htm

 
At 1/21/2006 3:53 PM, Anonymous TomSongs said...

New "Bush" Song:

http://www.tomsongs.com/images/Bushwhacked.wmv

"Bushwhacked
and another soldier dies
They’ve been Bushwhacked
By a whitehouse war built on whitehouse lies
Bushwhacked
And by the time we realize we’ve all been Bushwhacked
Another roadside bomb another soldier dies"

 
At 1/21/2006 10:20 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Have I been banned?

 

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