Monday, March 28, 2005

Tom Squitieri in his Cone of Silence

Actually that's not quite true. In the infamous cone of silence, you can hear everything outside it and nothing inside it. So could he also be in his own Bizarro world?

Tom! The Army didn't exactly admit all sorts of mistakes regarding armored humvees. The press spun it that way and the Army took a muted 'can't win for losing", politically correct response to the media generated, cataclysmic news frenzy on the subject. As more and more independent and serious analysis is done of which this most recent and tip of the iceberg report indicates, you may eventually be able to drag it full circle to the Army making a mistake by up-armoring.

Oh, and about this:
The Pentagon says it does not keep figures on how many soldiers have died or suffered serious wounds in unarmored Humvees. But at least 275 troops were killed in Humvees in 2003 and 2004 — one of every four American troops killed by hostile action during that period — according to news accounts, Pentagon records and figures compiled by the staff of the members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees.

It could not be determined whether those troops were in unarmored or armored Humvees, boxy-looking trucks that replaced the Jeep as the military's all-purpose utility vehicle. Armored Humvees, however, are reinforced to protect against the roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons used by insurgents. In the summer of 2003, most Humvees had little armor, which made them much more vulnerable to attacks than the heavier Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Abrams tanks.

The Pentagon "thought we would be pelted with rose petals and not RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades)," says Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., a member of the House Armed Services Committee. "I don't blame them for getting it wrong. I blame them for not understanding and adjusting fast enough, and the result is there has been a tremendous casualty list."
... spare us the useless statistics as run ups to even more useless partisan political rhetoric. After all, aren't you trying to do serious news reporting?


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