Feb 3, 2006


This political cartoon has created a heated response from the Pentagon - Here's the letter the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote to the Wa. Post....in response others say - "Maybe they should provide the body armor soldiers need to help avoid the sort of injury shown in the cartoon" and "It appears they [the Joint Chiefs] interpret cartoons as accurately as they do pre-war intelligence."
I fully support the brave men and women who are in military service to our country 110%, but until we afford them with the vehicle and body armor they require, an exit strategy and demand a fully funded VA for both their immediate AND long term needs and care our mission is NOT accomplished. As a nation we are kidding ourselves if anyone truly believes that our country honors its military and this war is a just cause.
In related news...Iraq, Afghan wars to top $400 billion President seeks to up Iraq spending $120b and wants $439b Pen
from the NYT:
A secret Pentagon study has found that at least 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor. That 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, according to military officials.


Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Well, Tom Toles' cartoon was certainly a politcal statement. The soldiers need better equipment and the Pentagon are not doing a good job at it. Mr. Toles should not apologize for that cartoon. Now, the first amendment is now a question in politcal cartoons. The Administration is getting more afraid because people such Tom Toles are now tell in the truth. Finally, the 400 billion in borrowing. This country will have serious financial woes when the President(either impeached or not) when he leaves the office. It is such a shame that President's mess will hurt the young generation's (Gen-Y) future. What type of future will the young children look forward to?

10:26 AM  
Blogger Former Fed said...

As a 32 year employee of the DoD who loves and honors the military, I was not offended in any way by the Toles cartoon.

The chickenhawks are ruining our military and it saddens me greatly ever time I see another killed in action listed in the NYT, because I know there are many more we don't hear about that are being seriously wounded every day.

We need to reduce our presence in Irag very soon. Representative Murtha has the right approach.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous e said...

Thank all for their thoughts on Veterans..
thank you

10:46 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Wake up America the money isn't for our troops it never has been. We will be spending one half trillion dollars that will be given to friends and bribes pay offs. Our young children are left to fend for themselves. Bush as cut most of the benefits for vets and current troops. As for protection (body armor) families have to supply it for their children yes and no tax right off.
I know this first hand and I know exactly what the pentagon is doing.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous cjt said...

Former Fed,

DoD just ruled that using(superior) body armor bought individually or donated by funding drives like my local Sherrif's Dept. continues to have will not be allowed anymore.

I suspect this stems from complaints from contractors selling us inferior and defective systems.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Former Fed said...


Knowing how the system works, I wouldn't be surprised.

The process that contractors normally follow is to talk to their lobbyists who then talk to the appropriate Senator and/or Representative. The Senator or Representative then tells their people to write or call the Pentagon and the Pentagon has so many days to respond to the Hill.

I've had to answer a fair number of these kind of things.

1:55 PM  
Blogger bluewild said...

What is really frightening is how they didn't"get" the cartoon. It was so obviously about Dr. Rumsfeld and HIS victims, which are our unprotected military.

Rummie is the one who is "callou" and "beyond tasteless", not the cartooninst who brilliantly and boldly summed up the situation in this cartoon.

2:52 PM  
Blogger SpaceCommand said...

The Defense Department does not even get its own memorandums, and guidelines about the handling of depleted uranium. Neither does it enforce its own safeguards and policies.

An Executive branch decision that hands out vaccines that are not entirely safe and fully tested for the general population to the military, and creates a subsequent loss of recruiting from an informed electorate does not get it either.

Should anyone act in such a manner in the civilian population, if there is one since we are all potentially civilian soldiers, we would find ourselves in deep kim chee.

In a world of double standards, and a deliberately apathetic military, it is not surprising that a cartoon about body armor would be misinterpreted as a sign of disrespect to our military personnel. But the fact is that its clear intention is to observe the lack of body armor at high standards clearly demonstrates the reverse, namely the lack of respect for our own soldiers well being and safety under combat conditions with the best possible equipment. If that is not available at a given time, then that mandate must be filled.

While Mr. Rumsfeld notes "you go to war with the military you have," logistics is a continuous art of improvement. That has been absent, in the midst of massive funding. Just how stingy does anyone have to be as well as careless about essentials anyway?

8:44 AM  
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