Monday, March 27, 2006

Some marines don't want extra body armor

This is exactly what we were talking about when Senator Clinton went on her last rant about our troops not having enough body armor after Bob Woodruff was injured by an explosion in Iraq. As it turned out at the time his life had been saved by the body armor he was wearing. I suggested at the time, that if that's not enough body armor for Senator Clinton, perhaps she ought to pony up the money to get each soldier their own Bradley if she really wants to protect them. Turns out the troops agree.

HUSAYBAH, Iraq ---- Extra body armor ---- the lack of which caused a political storm in the United States ---- has flooded in to Iraq, but many Marines here promptly stuck it in lockers or under bunks. Too heavy and cumbersome, many say.

Marines already carry loads as heavy as 70 pounds when they patrol the dangerous streets in towns and villages in restive Anbar province. The new armor plates, while only about five pounds per set, are not worth carrying for the additional safety they are said to provide, some say.

"We have to climb over walls and go through windows," said Sgt. Justin Shank of Greencastle, Pa. "I understand the more armor, the safer you are. But it makes you slower. People don't understand that this is combat and people are going to die."

Staff Sgt. Thomas Bain of Buffalo, N.Y., shared concerns about the extra pounds.

"Before you know it, they're going to get us injured because we're hauling too much weight and don't have enough mobility to maneuver in a fight from house to house," said Bain, who is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. "I think we're starting to go overboard on the armor."

Exactly. Everybody loves a good talking point, and if you're a moronic Senator saying our troops need to be safe, you sound like a hero. Too bad those critics, like Hillary, haven't got a friggin' clue what they're talking about.