"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

DeMediacratic Nation: Pentagon Study links Fatalities to Body Armor - NYT

I did not go into any type of depth the other day when I posted based on the NY Times article regarding body armor (here). So much goes into a decision like this that unless we dig really deep we won't know. Ultimately, with folks like Hillary Clinton using it as one of her opportunistic soapboxes (Hillary wraps herself in armor, by Michelle Malkin), in the end soldiers are going to get the short end of the stick.

Here is one example of a comment in the essay linked above Second Lt. Josh Suthoff, 23, of Jefferson City, Mo., said: "I'd go out with less body armor if I could."

As I noted the other day; "The newer vest in the mid-80's were stiff as a board. The back of the collar on mine often pushed the front of my (new) kevlar helmet over my eyes when in the prone position, which is not how one gets the best view."

Who was being opportunistic when the decision was made to go with the new ones we got?

Unfortunately there is never enough time to get exactly what is needed, when it is needed. There will always something newer and better and there will always be a "Hillary" making a stink without bothering to go into the reality of the logistics of it all.


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