Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Doesn't Sound Good

I don’t know much about military matters, but this doesn’t sound good.

"More than two-thirds of the Army National Guard's 34 brigades are not combat ready, mostly because of equipment shortages that will cost up to $21 billion to correct, the top National Guard general said Tuesday,"
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Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Bush is so obsessed with the birth pangs of a new ME that has is neglecting the US. All we're good for is our tax dollars and our children to fight his idea of terrorism(a/k/a Muslims with bombs as opposed to Judeo-Christians with bombs)

August 02, 2006 3:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rumy Run-Around is sure to come at the next Pentagon news conference.

August 02, 2006 4:02 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

Yet, I read a few days ago that we were giving Lebanon's army $10 million. I've always believed in the saying "Charity begins at home." Why are our troops having to buy their own body armor when there's money for the Lebanese?

August 02, 2006 5:13 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

The biggest problem for our services right now is the lack of new equipment. Units all over the world are waiting for previously ordered new tanks/vehicles and everything being produced is being used up as replacement for equipment blown up or broken in Iraq. The contractors are raking in money hand over fist with contract overruns and speed bonuses.

August 02, 2006 5:18 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

All together now:


Everything he touches he breaks. The only reason that ball team he partly owned didn't go down the tubes is because he was not in charge of them.

August 02, 2006 6:09 AM  
Blogger glenda said...

We are running out of money, time and patience. US out now!!

August 02, 2006 6:38 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Worst President Ever!
The man has done more to damage the U.S. than any terrorists in history all combined!

August 02, 2006 6:48 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Yes The Worst President Ever!!! It is way past time for the military to speak out against the failed leadership in this country. But I forgot, in the military, you are not allowed to think for yourself.

August 02, 2006 7:04 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I can't stomach anymore. WTF?

August 02, 2006 7:16 AM  
Blogger JM said...

And yet bone-head boy still thinks we can go anywhere and kick anybody's butt and he pursues a "foreign policy" (if you can call the neo-con ramblings that continue to emerge from the administration a foreign policy) based on these dangerous assumptions. Our tacit endorsement of violence to bring about a new world order in the middle east combined with these dangerous and out of touch attitudes can only lead to more trouble.

August 02, 2006 7:49 AM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

the war huggers are really supportin' the troops.

who pays?
who profits?
who dies?

August 02, 2006 8:08 AM  
Blogger Sothis said...

Didn't the GOP just tie a tax cut for the wealthy to the Minimum Wage Increase Bill as well? But the Guard needs $21 billion (let's forget about health care, education, police, etc, etc,etc, and all the money they could use). The country is a disaster and that idiot is so wrapped up in "helping" the ME, he could care less about the US--unless he is reading your phone bill or watching what sites you visit on the Internet. That seems to be way more important to Shrub. For someone so hell bent on establishing "democracy" in the ME, he doesn't seem to believe in implementing it at home.

August 02, 2006 8:12 AM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

you're links not working... at least for me. I did write a post on the topic as well, Chancelucky: Whose National Guard Is it Anyway? (Steven Blum speaks to reporters) which is also linked over at the Daou Report. (okay, I'm done self promoting)

Anyway, I agree. We need to ask ourselves what they mean by "Homeland Security" if it's in fact making America itself less safe.

August 02, 2006 8:48 AM  
Anonymous karena said...

Maybe we can take all those magnetic "support the troops" bumper ribbons and make protective vests out of them. Maybe the bullets will just stick to the magnet instead of penetrating the flesh. Paging a scientist, do we have a scientist in the building? Sorry, they are all too busy figuring out a way to scrub reports for global warming.

August 02, 2006 8:57 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Yeah, the link no longer works for me either. I checked the original and it's correct so here's another try.
try this

August 02, 2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger Ernest Oliver said...

sb gypsy -

On my blog 'Flipping Coins', I give a breakdown on why Bush is the worst ever president.

My conservative friend Max almost agrees with me on this....I just can't get him to come out and say it.


August 02, 2006 10:55 AM  
Blogger PaxRomano said...

Could someone just wake me up when this is all over?

Sheesh, what next?

WAIT, forget I asked.

August 02, 2006 11:43 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Or, maybe we could look at the subject and actually speak to it.

This is not a new situation with the Army NG. During Desert Storm, many Army units were not able to deploy because they were not combat ready, as opposed to the Marines Corps who retains a 100% readiness among all units, regular and reserve. It speaks more to order of battle and leadership in the NG than it does to any one person's incompetence.

Most ANG units are not combat arms. They support the other NG units through supply, military police, and such things as water purification and mail delivery. All important tasks, but not tasks where the units are necessarily equipped for combat without a distinct FEBA (Forward Edge of Battle Area) which is a "front line" as in past set piece battles.

The truth is that 21st century warfare demands lighter, more mobile capabilities, and the NG has never been prepared as the standing army.

August 02, 2006 12:46 PM  
Blogger Pogo said...

I had a lengthy post consumed by my browser and blogger cooperating to the end that it was lost.

In short - yep, but Dumya thinks we can go anywhere to address his imaginary threats to our national security, but the generals who have to staff the operations don't agree, and yes,Frist has cynically tied a minimum wage increase (that consolidates min wage in the federal govt. and takes authority to set higher min wage away from the states,lowering min wage for such workers as waiter/waitresses in 6 states) to an estate tax rate reduction for those small business and farm owners like Paris Hilton (reportedly a $93M benefit to her) and says it's an attempt to bridge the partisan divide using 2 issues that are unrelated and that Reid has threatened to filibuster. Can you say "What a crock?" I knew you could.

August 02, 2006 1:16 PM  
Blogger Criss said...

I am so completely not surprised by this information. Bush could really care less about the NG or anyone else, as we have learned numerous times since he took office.

August 02, 2006 3:10 PM  
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August 02, 2006 3:10 PM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

I was very careful in my own post notto make too much of "combat" readiness for a National Guard unit, but the report raises some big questions about where Homeland Security stands post 9/11.
Are we safer or not and what do we know of National Guard "emergency" readiness at this point.
I definitely do agree with the last point though. The National Guard was not intended to be "first line" military deployment outside the US. It's been done this way to hide the real "cost" of the Invasion and Occupation.

August 02, 2006 3:32 PM  
Blogger Keir said...

They're not combat ready...because of equipment shortages. Well. Obviously there should be even more investment in weaponry. That will solve every last problem on Earth. Literally.

August 02, 2006 3:50 PM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

They have equipment shortages because they are being overcharged by corporate suppliers.

Follow the money. It leads to Dick "Blasty McBirdshot" Cheney (name courtesy of Alicia).

August 02, 2006 4:39 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

It sounds good to China.

August 02, 2006 5:21 PM  
Blogger Merci said...

Where are these brigades? Are some of them deployed, in spite of the added danger?

August 02, 2006 8:35 PM  
Blogger Joseph Ryan said...


George Bush isn’t in power to govern and protect a people (the evidence is overwhelming).

He is there to hide the hole in the piggy bank:


August 02, 2006 10:17 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

I'm with DivaJood on this one.

August 03, 2006 12:36 AM  

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