Strange Brouhaha

Thursday, October 07, 2004

"Help Has Arrived"

You remember when George W. Bush was elected, one of the things he said to the U.S. military was "Help has arrived!" Yeah, I guess it has, if by "help has arrived" you mean our soldiers are forced to buy their own gear.

This is SHAMEFUL. This is not something to cluck your tongue over and say "Wow, that's something." It's a disgrace! As Mrs. Austin so eloquently puts it, "What in the hell is $137 BILLION paying for?"

But hey, doesn't he look great with his Johnson poking out of a flight suit? Or holding a platter of plastic turkey? How Presidential! Mission accomplished, my ass. The mission won't be frigging accomplished until the moron is out of the White House and someone with actual military experience is in.


  • (Savannah) Yeah, or just common sense and the brains god gave oatmeal. I mean, even the most civilian civilian should get the concept that "If we send out the troops, we should give them the right gear. All of it. The first time. On us."

    But, actual balls-to-the-wall combat experience *would* be an extra treat, and fortunately, we do have just such a guy, an actual lock-and-load, once-more-unto-the-breach WARRIOR, so everyone get out to the polls on November 2nd...

    In other, less flashy but even more ominous news, unit cohesion is approaching its nadir in the Bush army. The US Army has always been pretty stupid when it comes to unit cohesion, assuming that military men function (in Jonathan Shay's analogy) like auto parts. Not true. As Jonathan Shay put it, "an automobile's carburetor and brake cylinders do not have to practice together in order to operate." People do. And yet there have been severe complaints from the current armed forces that their units lack cohesion to the point where they actively mistrust each other so much that they're fighting with each other. People sent into battle like this are, to put it bluntly, roadkill. More mismanagement from CIC Bush.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:27 AM  

  • (JJB) but dudes, I just saw a W ad where he says that Kerry is the one who voted against all the dough to help our troops. Of course they forget to mention that he voted against an early version of the bill, one that W himself threatened to veto, but why include details like that?

    The sad thing is, to many (most?) military, they still believe that W is the one on their side. Just ask my military in-laws.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:00 PM  

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