Being Liberal and a Progressive in a RED STATE is not an easy thing these days. I started this blog to vent my frustrations on our lives being taken over by right wing conservatives with their propaganda machines. I have also learned an important lesson in the last year, it is that reading is the only way to get real information, you cannot depend on the news you see on TV.


Monday, June 20, 2005

What Supporting Our Troops Means

This administration uses our precious young people as cannon fodder and expects them to pay for the protection they need when sent to a war that nobody knows why we are fighting:

John Tod of Mesa had been prepared to face Father's Day worrying about his son's pending date with the war in Iraq.

Then Uncle Sam stepped in with more disappointing developments.

Marine Pfc. Jeremy Tod called home with news that his superiors were urging him and fellow Marines to buy special military equipment, including flak jackets with armor plating, to enhance the prospects of their survival.

The message was that such purchases were to be made by Marines with their own money.

"He said they strongly suggested he get this equipment because when they get to Iraq they will wish they had," Tod said.

Total estimated cost: $600.

full story:
Dad picks up $600 tab to get Marine battle ready


Blogger That Dude said...

No offense, but "buy special military equipment, including flak jackets with armor plating, to enhance the prospects of their survival." is not the same thing as " protection they need". The reaosn these stories take off is because people can't see between the lines. Whether you think the war is the right thing to od or not, the auspice that this private wasn't given miltary issue weaponry and protection is fairly ludicrous and the AZ Central reporter should know better....the sad ting is, he probably did know better.

6/20/2005 10:48 AM

Blogger That Dude said...

BTW, I LOVE the Howard Beale quote. Not sure what age demo you are in, but for me in my mid-30's, no one remembers Network anymore. I think it's a good quote for today's world, albeit, I'm sure for different reasons. Anyway, cool shit.

6/20/2005 10:50 AM

Anonymous RWing Nut said...

Cannon fodder is used in tactics like human wave charges of poorly equipped raw conscripts, etc. In contrast the casulty rate of US troops in Iraq is the lowest ever for US armed forces.

6/20/2005 11:59 AM


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