Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Blog Stew, Tuesday Edition

Kurt Vonnegut (thanks, Craig!) said that Our Glorious Wartime Leaders treat American soldiers "like toys a rich kid got for Christmas." Sometimes rich kids aren't very careful with their toys. Sometimes you'd think they were breaking them on purpose, just for the hell of it. Have a look at this:

The last time 1st Lt. William “Eddie” Rebrook IV saw his body armor, he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered and covered in blood.

A field medic tied a tourniquet around Rebrook’s right arm to stanch the bleeding from shrapnel wounds. Soldiers yanked off his blood-soaked body armor. He never saw it again.

But last week, Rebrook was forced to pay $700 for that body armor, blown up by a roadside bomb more than a year ago.

Follow the link; there's more. It isn't particularly cheerful reading, but as GloboCop Dubya never gets tired of reminding us, there's a war on.

And speaking of war, criminally optional though it is, Arthur Silber (thanks, Grace!) shows that if several prominent neocon asswipes get their way, Iran's next. Do check that one out, too. Mr. Silber seems to write good stuff faster than I can read it ... and I'm not an especially slow reader.

Finally, if The Exalted actually does decide to lay waste to Persia, he's going to need a lot of help. Where's he going to get it? Well, Doug Newman has a solution, maybe. Check it out, too!


Grace said...

Expect very soon to be hearing: We must use nuclear weapons against them so nuclear weapons aren't used against us.

I'm not a military tactician, but I just don't see how the US military is in any shape to wage war in Iran. Even if a general military draft were declared tomorrow, the mobilization effort would be enormous. And I don't think we even have enough actual conventional bombs on hand to bomb Iran into submission.

So, might Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld be considering strategic nuclear bombing? It doesn't seem like a remote possibility to me. Unless the Bush administration is completely bluffing, a series of strategic nuclear strikes is the only possibility.

itsmecissy said...

I really hoped I would never live to see this, God/Allah help us all.