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Thursday, September 7, 2006

 

The Waiting is the Hardest Part
or What the Bush Administration REALLY Thinks of Our Troops


“They were in Ramadi, and his tank was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade. Little Denny never knew what hit him.”
-Kathy Miller, mother of Private Dennis Miller, 21 -years old at his death

 

(*Note: This brave Dennis Miller shouldn't be confused with the Chicken-hawk, former SNL (Saturday Night Live), failed MNF (Monday Night Football) announcer and comedian Dennis "What the hell is he talking about" Miller.)

If anyone argues with you about why Secretary of Defense Donald "We Don't Know What We Don't Know" Rumsfeld should be fired, here's you answer, in the form of a question:

"Rocket-propelled grenades have killed nearly 40 Americans in Afghanistan and more than 130 in Iraq. Israel has developed a system that effectively thwarts them, so why isn't the U.S. using it in the war on terror?:
-From an NBC news report by Lisa Myers (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14686871/)


The reason is so simple and frustrating that you want to go to Virginia, drive up to the Pentagon's front door and scream "Get out, you idiots!"

"Trophy" is a an anti-RPG (rocket propelled grenade) system which sits atop a tank (or other vehicles, like the Stryker, which the US is currently using in Iraq), scans for the RPG and fires an "interceptor", which travels at "hundreds of miles a minute". It hen destroys the lethal grenade hundreds of yards away from its target. Israel is rushing to deploy the device as I write this. America is not.

"Trophy" was developed by Rafael, the Israel Armament Development Authority and, in over 400 tests, has proven to be "well above 90 percent effective,"
-Israeli Reserve Colonel Didi Ben Yoash


I am "fully confident" that "Trophy" could save American lives,
-Col. Yoash

And, get this, the Pentagon "think tank" (or is that "think how we could make some more money for our war profiteering friends tank"), the Office of Force Transformation, created by "Rummy" in 2001 agrees! They found that, in 30 tests, "Trophy" was more than 98 percent efficient.

"Trophy"... “worked in every case. The only anomaly was that in one test, the Trophy round hit the RPG’s tail instead of its head. But according to our test criteria, the system was 30 for 30.”
-An official involved with the Pentagon tests confirmed to NBC's Myers


So what's the freekin' holdup? The price is only $300,000 to $400,000 each. How much is an American soldier's life worth anyway? For Goodness' sakes... This anti-RPG device could be ready for the US Armed forces to deploy by next year.

Well, it seems that war profiteer Raytheon is the Army's choice to develop an anti-RPG system from scratch. "From scratch" meaning it isn't even a twinkle in their eye yet. The Army has already contracted out $70 million for development, or about one-fifth of the cost of one of the Israeli devices. If I was a gambling man, I'd bet it would be about one-tenth of Raytheon's final price. Raytheon's non-existent device falls under the Pentagon's Future Combat System (FCS), which has been under scrutiny by the US Congress, but, like everything else that the Bushies do, has fallen between the cracks. After all, we still don't know where Natalee Haloway is or who the real killer of JonBenet was.

The target date, or "Won't be ready until at least" date for Raytheon's anti-RPG device is somewhere around 2011, according to FCS' main man, Colonel Donald Kotchman. That could mean that an additional 600 or so American troop deaths in the wait for the Army's "preferred" contractor. You can bet that the Neo-Cons are: (A) Planning to still be in power in 2011, and; (B) Are planning to keep our US troops in Iraq way past that "target date".

Does anyone seriously think that a President Gore or Kerry would allow the Pentagon to ignore a device like the Israeli "Trophy" system for a "maybe" five years away? These two men were Viet Nam veterans and have seen the effects of battle. "Crummy Rummy" was a peacetime Naval officer while Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney "had better things to do and Lt. "G"lobal "W"arming Bush, the "pilot", wasn't even able to keep an appointment for a physical while stationed at an Alabama base with NO PLANES.

“We don’t really have a problem if the Army thinks it has a long-term solution with Raytheon. But what are our troops in the field supposed to do for the next five or six years?”
-A Pentagon supporter of
"Trophy", who needs to remain anonymous

“Trophy has not demonstrated its capability to be successfully integrated into a system and continue to perform its wartime mission,”
-Col. Kotchman

Than what were all those tests about? It certainly is more ready than NOTHING, isn't it?

"Officials also tell NBC News that according to the Pentagon’s own method of measuring a weapons system’s readiness, Trophy is 'between a 7 and an 8' out of a possible score of 9. Raytheon’s system is said to be a '3.'"
-the Meyers report


And I bet if it were the other way around, the Raytheon device would be a "9" and the Israeli device wouldn't rate a "1". You could be sure that if the Israeli government saw that Raytheon's device was ready today while theirs was still in "initial development", the Israeli Army would be deploying the former and scrubbing the latter.

“There are some in the Army who would be extremely concerned that if the Trophy system worked, then the Army would have no need to go forward with the Raytheon system and the program might be terminated,”
-Steven Schooner, Procurement Law Professor at both George Washington University and the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School

Duh!

“This debate has nothing, zero, to do with capability or timeliness. It’s about money and politics. You’ve got a gigantic program [FCS] and contractors with intertwined interests. Trophy was one of the most successful systems we’ve tested, and yet the Army has ensured that it won’t be part of FCS and is now trying to prevent it from being included on the Strykers” that OFT planned to send to Iraq.
-A Senior Pentagon "anonymous" official


“Trophy is a system that is ready — today... We need to get this capability into the hands of our war fighters ASAP because: (1) It will save lives!”
-An email from a senior Pentagon official

This has nothing to do with saving lives. It has everything to do with the Bush "base" of "haves and have mores", which include his war profiteering buddies, like Raytheon and its executives making a buck.

Keeping life-saving equipment away from our troops is not a new thing to the Bushies. Besides calling for a "new Pearl harbor", (see the PNAC - Project for a New American Century), and getting it, these bastards have already under-armed our troops by not providing them with sufficient armor for their transports or body armor to save their lives.

Isn't that proof enough?

Like I have said all along, the only thing that's expendable to the Bush administration are the Children of America, our troops who are placed in danger all over the world. And the reason is simple: It's all about the Benjamin's and how to take the hard earned dollars away from the American middle class taxpayer.

-Noah Greenberg



An Amazingly Stupid Bush Quote

Bush to Katie Couric today (CBS Evening News): "One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."
-President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush

And I'm not even making this up.


-Sean (Mr. Blue-Sky)



Defining Bush's War on Terror

Five years after U.S. President George W. Bush declared a war on terror, attacks and fatalities from terrorism are rising around the globe. The United States may be footing much of the costs for the campaign, but the rest of the world is paying with their lives.

GOP activists may be content with stating that the US is safer because of Bush, but it must be clear even to them that terrorism is becoming more prevalent and dangerous in the rest of the world.

It must also be clear to even GOP activists that the Iraq invasion is a key contributor to the increase in the acceptance of terrorists among the Arab masses and in the terrorists learning and deploying effective counter measures against our security arrangements.

It is a simple fact the Bush Administration failed to deploy sufficient forces to establish an effective occupation in Iraq and that this basic failure in strategy, which still has not been rectified has cost us victory in Iraq.

While we have lost in Iraq, there is ample evidence showing that the international force operating in Afghanistan and international diplomatic and law enforcement efforts to reduce terrorism have been effective.

The question that is on most people's minds is why the President doesn't drop the losing policy and concentrate on the winning strategies that he has devised. These policies enjoy bi-partisan support domestically and are widely supported abroad.

Why has the President and the GOP highlighted and persisted in the one UNSUCCESSFUL aspect of our anti-terror policy?

This is particularly perplexing because it is so clear that the dimensions of the Iraqi are so vast that they may overwhelm the effective aspects of our anti-terror policy.


-Robert Chapman



From Webb (D-VA) for Senate campaign:

Yesterday, Senator George Allen embarrassed Virginians again.

This time Allen didn't say anything stupid. In fact, what he had to say was good. Too good, in fact. It was so good that it turned out it was stolen.

Asking to speak before Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Allen introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense appropriations bill that would provide $19 million in additional funding for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center program, which provides treatment care and research for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Sadly, Allen's amendment was identical in language to one that Senator Durbin was going to introduce immediately after Allen spoke with the exception of one word -- the word "will" was changed in Allen's amendment and replaced with the word "shall." Other than that, the amendments were identical -- Durbin's amendment had been printed and set to be formally introduced, Allen's bill had not been written or been placed on the docket to be introduced on the Senate floor.

So, what are the odds that George Allen had the exact same idea as Durbin, the exact same dollar figure as Durbin, the exact same language as Durbin (save one word)? And why did Allen seek special permission to speak before Durbin unless Allen was seeking to take credit for an amendment to which Durbin had already prepared and written?

Geez, Senator, has it really come to this? Are you so bankrupt of ideas that you have to steal another Senator's amendments and call them your own? It is clear you stole Dick Durbin's language. There are no odds that you could have written an exactly identical amendment to Durbin's, save one word -- I guess you thought this would allow you to call the amendment your own -- that it would have the exact dollar figure and that you would have to run down to the Senate floor and cut in front of Durbin (talk about cut and run,
Senator) and introduce a virtually identical amendment. Did you think no one would notice?

And, what happened to the Senate working at the pace of a "wounded sea slug?" Apparently, when you are seeking to score political points, even if it means stealing another Senator's bill, that ole sea slug heals up right quick. George Allen's using government for his own personal and political gain is wearing very thin. This whole episode is shameful and not worthy of a sitting U.S. Senator.
****

Can you say sleaze ball? George Felix Allen doesn't have an original idea in his head. Now he is stealing Dick Durbin's ideas. Get rid of the Allen.


-Forwarded and Commented by Robert Scardapane



In response to, "This leads to many questions:
"A) Is this where the al-Qaeda "number one" guy has been all along since his escape from the American forces that surrounded him in 2001?" Rhian writes:

Bin Laden has been in Las Vegas area, kicking back at American tax payer expense, as fat and sassy as an arab cat can be."

And in response to, "B) (This one's a multi-parter) Did General Pervez Musharraf, the leader of Pakistan, allow this safe haven to, Rhian writes:
"1- Keep from losing control as Pakistan's leader?
"2- harbor the greatest villain America has ever known because he really does support his cause?" Rhian writes:

Musharraf has bribed Bin Laden away from the witness protection nest of the Bush family.

And, finally, in response to, "C) Did President Bush sign off on this?" Rhian writes:

No, Bush did not, because he feels Bin Laden has turned on him for losing Dubai, control of the ports in the US, and is nervous. Besides, Bush's globalist bosses, whose names are never in the news, are really really mad at him for letting their prize special-black-op-of-foreign attacks-on-US-soil-superintendent (can anyone say 9/11) slip away.



In response to, "We can discuss Iraq, or Iran, or the Patriot Act, or anything else, but the bottom line is always: Is this a legally elected government, and did they solidify their position by engineering an attack to create fear and terror? Until we can safely say that neither of those suppositions are true, nothing else matters much, because we are no longer a Democracy, and we should be applying for citizenship in Canada or Sweden or the Netherlands," Rhian writes:

It is Karl Rove who is calling the shots in DC. With dual citizenship in the US and Germany, all four grandparents staunch supporters of the Third Reich, he informed Tom Tancredo, personally, verbally, while Tancredo was stumping for a secure border, 'don't ever darken this door again' literally, at the White House door.

This is not a legally elected government, the second term, and they did create 9/11 as a Pearl Harbor, to break an impasse with Congress to accomplish their agenda.

Their agenda is, to globalize and establish the world head in DC, then to prepare for war with China who they believe will want to be the global dictator.

They have openly scoffed at the Constitution as a 'piece of paper' acted lawlessly to achieve their goals, and are seizing global resources like vultures, utilizing the military, who have proved to be hapless in the face of their illegal demands.

President Bush is recorded as having said, 'this would sure be easier if I were a dictator'
and to him this was a joke?

From illegal use of the military, tens of thousands of contracts broken by Command, to the illegal wiretaps by the NSA, the administration has conducted business as if it were the mafia. How more illegal can they get, then they have already been? Yet, arrests are not made. It is astounding.

States legislatures better begin to circle the protective wagons on their populations very soon. Canada is not going to take the tens of millions of Americans who will try to flee the Fourth Reich. New Hampshire will be a haven. So will Alaska. It is likely that Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, Utah and Nevada will be obstinate in their rush to fascism.

But, right now there is an 'Islamo-facist' in central Washington State who has signed up to run for the Senate, in the hopes he can influence government to abandon ties with Isreal, so they can be wiped off the face of the earth by Iran.

Border states, California, and Colorado have huge problems with an invasion of illegals who cannot speak English, and are illiterate as well in their own language. Forida might as well be part of Cuba. The gulf coast is a ruin that will take decades to rebuild.

The 'Uniter' and 'Decider' has done more to splinter the USA than good old Lincoln and his civil war.

Can we the people organize to save it? Is there a way? I know one thing. We are worth it.
We are worth whatever it takes.



In response to "Measuring the Difference", Rhian writes:

Has anyone noticed it was only after Bush granted India the right to 'bear nucular arms' that we started hearing from Iran about their rights on this matter?

I'm still wondering who granted Bush the power to run the world, as well as establish technology to run everyone's life in the USA, starting with the poor military indentured servants. (RFID's)

Every year in school, while learning about Hitler's rise to power and the Third Reich, I wondered why someone didn't off the bastard. I have a feeling I'm about to learn, as Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld and that mush-for-brains squeeker, Gonzales, spend every day creating the Fourth. (Reich that is)

((There are an inordinate number of cabinet members with squeaker voices, and I have decided this must be a biological requirement for employment at the white house))

There are in inordinate number of men around, willing to be co-bastards with Bush, in order to have a piece of the Reich pie. Amazing. Fascism is as fascism does.

So who is going to be wondering with me, in two years, when we have a terrorist attack instead of elections, why someone didn't off the bastard when they had the chance. . . . and yeah, Military Command, I'm talking to you, who have become uniformed slaves, and you Attorneys at Law, ie. Fitzgerald who chickened on prosecution of Rove.

It is incredible that to date, only a single woman judge has openly, publicly, and honestly stood up for truth in the face of the Bush administration, and if this sounds like the throw of the gauntlet, to men in a position to do something serious about the thugs in DC, it probably is. Huevos, anyone?



In response to, "Iraq reports al-Qaeda's Number 2 Captured," Michael Brandes writes:

It seems like there have been 100 "No. 2's" caught already and that every "No. 2" is presented by the Bushies as the most feared leader of al-Qaeda, even more so than bin-Laden. With each and every capture of a "No. 2", the Bushies tell us that "it's a big step in defeating al-Qaeda and terrorism." What a load of garbage!

No matter how many of these "No. 2's" caught, al-Qaeda doesn't appear to have weakened, but appears to be getting stronger. We cannot be satisfied until the leader, and most dangerous person in the world, Osama bin-Laden, is captured.

There are no No. 2's. The Bushies are calling these guys "No. 2's" because they are trying to brainwash the American public into thinking we have been successful in fighting the war on terror. We haven't. It's an absolute disgrace that Dumbya, the 2nd most dangerous man in the world, says that Osama is not a main concern and is not important. Saddam Hussein is the main concern.

Bin-Laden attacked our nation and the Bushies ignored him when they could have captured or killed him. However, the Bushies say that each, ensuing "No. 2" being captured is a success and use that "news" to help them in the polls. They're trying to trick the American people into thinking the war on terror is going well so they can keep the Congress wearing Red this November.

To get officials into Congress who KNOW Osama bin-Laden is a big concern and a major threat, vote Democrat in November.


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