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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-01-07 22:37
  Subject:   [Fark] Why does the Pentagon hate our troops in Iraq? Again.
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A Pentagon study reportedly found that as many as 80 percent of Marines killed in
Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor.

"Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection," The New York Times reported citing unnamed military officials.

"For the first time, the study by the military's medical examiner shows the cost in lives from inadequate armor, even as the Pentagon continues to publicly defend its protection of the troops," the report said


http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060107/wl_afp/usiraqmilitaryreport

No goal. No way out. And lacking the tools to do the job. What they hell are they doing to our troops? - Comment from Fark.com

See also: http://headlinesoldier.blogspot.com/2005/12/rush-limbaugh-loves-our-troops.html

Remember that you voted for this, America.

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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-01-08 00:19 (UTC)
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I think it's kinda a no-brainer, the more you armour someone, the less likely people will die. On the flip side, they get slowed down and in a real war would like to sacrifice survivability for mobility. It's sad it's getting used as a political issue.

Heck, you could not armour the troops at all AND not send them in to secure oil, and you'd have even better survival rates!

I know, I know, crazy moon speak.
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