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!