3 replies on “GIs Lack Armor, Radios, Bullets”

  1. Oh c’mon. You go to Brandeis. You know that the best fighting force in the world is the IDF.

    I know that this isn’t going to be the most popular thing to day, but do they really need all that? Even without the armor-plated vehicles and radios, wouldn’t they still be VASTLY better equiped than than the insurgants they are fighting? I’m assuming that these people are fighting with whatever they can scrounge up in their street clothes. No aircraft, no armor, no expensive radios. The US forces aren’t out-gunned by a long shot.

    Now, would I want to go in without all those expensive things? Definitely not – to be honest, I wouldn’t go in no matter what. It’s just that articles like these make it seem like the troops are woefully unequiped when they are much better equiped than the people they are fighting.

  2. Clearly you have no understanding of the nature of the conflict. Go do some reading. Ten seconds of Googling provides this starting point. That article only deals with the confusion and shifting alliances, next read up about insurgency action, terrorism, and guerilla tactics. Then start reading about how to make a car bomb (or, as the US Army calls them, IEDs) and notice how easy it is. Finally, think about the difference between someone who has lived somewhere their entire life and someone who is new, doesn’t speak the language, looks different, and sticks out like a sore thumb.

  3. I’ve always been a believer that military is doing it’s job, they are not necessarily any more special or heroic than the rest of us just because of what they do (I mean we pay for them to do it through taxes.) This however makes me very sad. We pay for them to risk their lives but not to throw their lives away. The government spends so much money on worthless crap when it could be using it to fund much more important things.

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