Fighting on the cheap
A very good post, from someone who ought to know, on how we are “fighting the war on the cheap” in Iraq. All the below are from a speech by Mick Zais, a retired Brig. General.
Some interesting quotes from the post:
“…Wal-Mart has three times as many employees as the American Army has soldiers.”
“We have fought the war on the cheap because we have failed to purchase necessary equipment for our troops or repair that which has been broken or a worn out in combat. You’ve all read the stories about soldiers having to purchase their own bulletproof vests and other equipment. And the Army Chief of Staff has testified that he needs an extra $17 billion to fix equipment. For example, nearly 1500 war-fighting vehicles await repair in Texas with 500 tanks sitting in Alabama.”
“Actually, it would be inaccurate to say that the American government is at war. The U.S. Army is at war. The Marine Corps is at war. And other small elements of our armed forces are at war. But our government is not.”