Sunday, August 14, 2005

ARMOR ISN'T ALL...

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

This is an AP photo. Many American news media subscribe to AP. You won't see this photo plastered all over the place. I got it from the BBC. They show pictures of our war. Our media won't.

Look at this photo carefully. The vehicle is one of the most heavily armored troop trackers we have. It became the coffin of all the soldiers inside. They burned to death.

None could escape.

One of the big lies being run around by the mass media is that our occupying troops have no or little armor. They have a lot of armor. It doesn't work, indeed, it might even make things worse. The very well trained Iraqis who we as well as Saddam toutored in the arts of war, are very good indeed. They make the Vietnamese look like pikers. They know their ordnances and the weak spots of our equipment because we are teaching them every day, how things work, how we patrol, what our equipment looks like. Just like in Vietnam, we teach them at day and they then apply the lessons, setting traps, at night. They are the one and the same.

They are our soldiers, our buddies. The friendlier the Iraqi, the more likely he is the one setting the charges at night. One of the friendliest Vietnamese during that war turned out to be the third in command of the North Vietnamese Secret Services, for example. He was cozy with everyone and read all our military plans which were handed to him because he was by far and away, the friendliest Vietnamese in that country.

Then we wondered why we lost.

From the owner of USA Today:
'Support our troops' — bring them home alive
They're burying young Marine reservists in Ohio this week. Fourteen of them, ages 19 and up, were killed last week when their amphibious landing vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
President Bush won't be at any of the Ohio funerals. He has not attended any funeral for any of the 1,840 servicemen and women killed in Iraq, although he has met with some groups of families who lost loved ones.

Bush simply called this latest tragedy a "grim reminder" that we are at war. It also should remind anyone who knows anything about war that lightly-armored amphibious vehicles never were meant to transport troops on bomb-laden roads. They were designed for sandy beaches.

They're being misused because, nearly 2½ years after we invaded Iraq, we still don't have enough heavily armored transport vehicles. Some soldiers themselves make "hillbilly armor" out of sand bags and scrap metal.
OK. Mr. Neuharth, why didn't you cover our anti war demonstrations heavily? Why did you join the yapping hounds of war? Now you want to pull out of the deadly Iraqi cul de sac! Well, kind of late, isn't it? And note how your own lying sack of shit paper today covers this story that happened today in Iraq, the soldiers in that heavily armored vehicle being burned until only some bone scraps remained? Where is the AP photo?

It isn't on the front page. It isn't in the middle pages. Where is it? It proves your contention to be ridiculous. No armor is going to save anyone at this point. They know how to toast any vehicle and even our tanks are being blown up with impunity now.

The real question is always, why does our media hide vital information? For weeks, I have tracked as many photos of vehicles being blown up, they are hard to find!---and they show clearly, we are in serious trouble now.

Pentagon sources say that attacks are double what they were last year and those were double over the beginning of the war which dates from when Bush pretended to fly a jet and announced, "Mission Accomplished." One mission has been a roaring success for Bush and the Texas oil barons and the Saudi princes who Bush kisses: the price of oil is through the roof.

I found the story of the soldiers who died, screaming as their tank ignited, here it is in USA Today:
In ongoing violence, five U.S. soldiers were killed in roadside bombings, including one on Sunday, and another was killed in a shooting over the weekend, the military said.
Paragraph 4! After chat about the nifty constitution we are ramming down their throats. Here is the picture Mr. Neuharth decided to use today:
Pretty gripping, no? Like, don't the media want eyeballs? Don't they want us to sit up and look? Psychologically, pictures of fires excite people and this is why people run to see houses burn down. Pyromaniacs abound because our most primitive urges attract us to fires and the photo I opened this story with is certainly amazing and horrible and we need to look.

Everyone inside that tank burned to death. Yes, they were cooked. And in a week, the few bones and odds and ends will be put inside a big coffin that won't be opened for viewing and it will be buried after it comes home at night and no media outlets will be there to photograph them coming into Dover because they really don't care.

They are still, even as they pretend to be against the war, pandering to the worst in us.

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