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Kevlar and Humvees

Kevlar and Humvees

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Okay, found this in a Beliefnet blog:
A while back, Swami wrote about a Florida community that collected Kevlar body armor so our soldiers in Iraq could line the inside of their Humvees. It was a popular compaign: 40 law enforcement agencies collected 1,200 pieces of Kevlar. A report on a blog (scroll down) takes the story from there:

Enter the U.S. Army, which was apparently embarrassed that the fact they still had our guys over there riding around in unarmored Hummers was getting lots of local media publicity, refused to accept the body armor (despite pleas from the local commander of the 351st, who wanted it), and publicly censured 1st Sgt. Chisholm for asking for it.
Our local red, white and blue congressman, Cliff Stearns, also joined in criticizing Sheriff Dean for butting in where he wasn't welcome.

The body armor is still sitting in a warehouse at the 351st's HQ in Ocala, and our guys in Iraq are still riding around in thin-skinned Humvees.

I don't get it. If the armor is there, and the NEED is there..why not USE it? That's just stupid. Or homicidal. Or both.
  • It's one of those male pride things, I suppose.
    It's what most wars are about, eventually.
  • Forget...

    Making it a gender thing (i.e., male pride). It's simply pride, hubris, whatever you want to call it. Rather than swallow that pride and be gracious towards those trying to help, they would instead rather be forceful and authoritarian. Which is stupid. Forget homocidal. They're not even thinking that far ahead; they can't.
  • Oh God, that's just utterly insane.
  • It's hubris and embarrassment because they don't take care of our guys over there and don't want it known they don't.
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