Many people and articles have stated this fact: Our service men and women are NOT getting the tools they need to survive. I am talking about Body Armor. Those fucktards running the show still are not supplying our citizens with the one piece of equipment that can save their lives, larger armor plates which btw..HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE 2003.
The Pentagon, that sterling bunch of stand-up folks, did a secret study(no shit, a secret study out of the Pentagon?)and found that as many as 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had been supplied with extra body armor. Our soldiers are buying armor THEMSELVES or having family members purchase it for them. Our soldiers are hanging "crotch plates" under their arms to stay alive.
It's business as usual over at the Pentagon..they must do studies, they must figure out who to award the contracts to, they fight among themselves on who gets the stuff first(the Army vs. the Marines here)and finally that time-honored tradition: The supplier cant build it correctly OR on-time.
During the first and second world wars, even the Vietnam war to some degree..manufacturing was geared to provide products and services ASAP. Its our sons and daughters over there, our future statesmen and women, our future PERIOD. If OUR gov't is going to keep them over there, they need to provide our service personnel with the gear they need to survive. Its very simple really..do what needs to be done to protect them, they are NOT expendable.
A link to a NY Times article on this mess is here.