Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Talk about thick-skinned . . .
Complaints about our troops using inadequate equipment have been prolific during the last several years we've been engaged in combat. Some (like the inadequacy of Humvee armament) were valid and took far too long to rectify, others (like poor body armor) were a little murkier (anyone seen the video of the grunt who took a sniper round directly to the chest of his Intercepter body armor, got knocked over, then stood back up and continued the fight?). But when we get the best, wow, is it good. Michael Yon provides a case in point. Scroll down to the video and read the story about the Stryker combat vehicle that just wouldn't die. I've seen enough terrorist propaganda movies in my training that right now, I want to vomit and/or hit something whenever I hear "Allahu akbar" because it usually means someone's about to die, so you may want to mute the video. But this time, the bad guys had nothing to shout about. That Stryker is one tough SOB.