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.