Rum-Soaked Shrapnel

December 10, 2008

Ironic horror-humor: Not funny in the smallest bit.
In fact, the cartoon below creates a vast pissed-offed affect/effect when one ponders the lying words of damn-dumb Don Rumsfeld: “As you know, you go to war with the Army you have…not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”
Just micro-seconds earlier, he’d blubbered this: “It isn’t a matter of money. It isn’t a matter on the part of the Army of desire. It’s a matter of production and capability of doing it.”

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(Illustration found here).

Rumsfeld’s nonsensical, deceptive blather came in respond from a question from a US GI about getting armor for vehicles: “Our soldiers have been fighting in Iraq for coming up on three years. A lot of us are getting ready to move north relatively soon. Our vehicles are not armored. We’re digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that’s already been shot up, dropped, busted, picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles to take into combat.”
The date — Dec. 8, 2004.
Four years ago on Monday.

And yesterday, Tuesday, a report revealed what had been known amongst thinking peoples for a long time: Rumsfeld is a lying asshole.

  • Military leaders knew the dangers posed by roadside bombs before the start of the Iraq war but did little to develop vehicles that were known to better protect forces from what proved to be the conflict’s deadliest weapon, a report by the Pentagon inspector general says.
    The Pentagon “was aware of the threat posed by mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) … and of the availability of mine resistant vehicles years before insurgent actions began in Iraq in 2003,” says the 72-page report, which was reviewed by USA TODAY.

    Marine Corps leaders “stopped processing” an urgent request in February 2005 for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles from combat commanders in Iraq’s Anbar province after declaring that a more heavily armored version of existing Humvee vehicles was the “best available” option for protecting troops, the report says.

Even after horrible statistics were released in May 2005 that 70 percent of US troops killed in Iraq were due to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the Pentagon still tried to stall on money, time and created other bullshit excuses.

burn humveeSince ‘shock and awe’ until last week, 3,397 US GIs have been killed in combat (4,209 total) with official wounded at 30,852 and estimates surge upwards to 100,000 or more. (Figures from antiwar.com).

Incompetents conducting an illegal war leads to some really, really bad times.

(Illustration was found here).

IEDs (see video here), like a shitload of other shit Decider George’s boys apparently failed to take into account prior to the invasion, or even considered, IEDs paint an explosive picture of how inept the entire US military mechanism in war nowadays.
The insurgents’ deadliest weapon comes as no surprise, as it is the heart and soul of war by terror.

  • “The IED is the enemy’s artillery system,” says US general Montgomery Meigs.
    “They didn’t come through three-dimensional space in a parabolic trajectory. They came through a social trajectory and a social network in the community.”

Rumsfeld and the entire bunch, including those political-barbed assholes in uniform, should be held accountable for at least lying, and being so full of shit :

  • Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know.
    We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
    And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.

Oh, but you knew the known, it couldn’t have been an unknown that US troops weren’t properly equipped when dropped into a meat-grinder.
An unknown known before it was unknown.

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