Should I be bothered by the fact that more than two years on, Marines still can't get armor on their vehicles, when so much additional, non-US blood has been spilled?
For a view from Company E, see Michael Moss's article in the NY Times.
The photo is by Capt. Kelly Royer, who "took photos of humvees in which his men died". The opening of Moss's article explains:
On May 29, 2004, a station wagon that Iraqi insurgents had packed with C-4 explosives blew up on a highway in Ramadi, killing four American marines who died for lack of a few inches of steel.
The four were returning to camp in an unarmored Humvee that their unit had rigged with scrap metal, but the makeshift shields rose only as high as their shoulders, photographs of the Humvee show, and the shrapnel from the bomb shot over the top.
"The steel was not high enough," said Staff Sgt. Jose S. Valerio, their motor transport chief, who along with the unit's commanding officers said the men would have lived had their vehicle been properly armored. "Most of the shrapnel wounds were to their heads."
Marines, who have answered the clarion call of our Commander in Chief, are scrounging for scrap metal with which to armor their vehicles while in the war zone.
Certainly there have been a lot more people killed in Iraq who are not US Marines. But the Leader of the Free World is not prosecuting his foreign policy directly on their backs, and praying piously with their families when their dead or shattered bodies are returned home. Can't $80B produce a little armor for these people? Either that, or lets stop the PR charade and put them in tanks. Better yet, lets get them out of there altogether. This fraud has gone on long enough.