Body Armor Redux

Soldiers in Iraq Buy Their Own Body Armor

Yahoo! News has an AP story about families of deployed or deploying soldiers continuing to buy body armor.

First off, I’m still pissed about the whole body armor SNAFU. There is no excuse for a shortage of body armor. None. Whatsoever.

Second off, why haven’t heads rolled over this one? Well, besides the troops that died but might have lived if they had been issued armor, I mean. (In all fairness, does anyone really have any numbers on that? I mean, are there fifty deaths that can be attributed to the lack of armor? A hundred? Ten? Does anyone know?)

But the headline is a little misleading, at the same time. If you will read the article, the soldiers and families are buying armor despite assurances from the Army that all troops will be issued proper armor upon arrival. Now, of course that’s what the Army is going to say. But are there still servicemen in Iraq without it? Is there really still a shortage? The story doesn’t even address that issue.

I’m very skeptical that the big hand-off from returning soldiers to arriving soldiers is going to work as advertised, but at the same time I wish we wouldn’t see headlines like this without any indication of the actual situation.

The type of headlines I’d like to see all involve the heads rolling. Multiple heads. Rolling down the steps from the Pentagon’s front door. (via Across the River)