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Thursday, October 15, 2009

U.S. Troop Funds Diverted to Pet Projects

This is unacceptable.

First we learn earlier this week that a detailed study by a military historian found that weapons failed our troops in Afghanistan during a critical moment in a firefight, leaving nine dead and 27 wounded:

In the chaos of an early morning assault on a remote U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Erich Phillips' M4 carbine quit firing as militant forces surrounded the base. The machine gun he grabbed after tossing the rifle aside didn't work either.

When the battle in the small village of Wanat ended, nine U.S. soldiers lay dead and 27 more were wounded. A detailed study of the attack by a military historian found that weapons failed repeatedly at a "critical moment" during the firefight on July 13, 2008, putting the outnumbered American troops at risk of being overrun by nearly 200 insurgents.

Then today, Mr. Drudge links us to a disgraceful story about our Congress' priorities (or utter lack thereof):

Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis.

It's just so wrong, I don't even know what else to say...


  1. I'd almost bet my mortgage that Murtha is at least in part behind this. I know he's not a senator (thank God), but you know he's got pull in the Senate.

    To all of those senators who did this to our troops: Damn each and every one of you to hell with Ted. Yinz make me sick.

  2. Re posted this story at my blog with linkbank and some prefatory thoughts of my own. As always, great work.

  3. Blackandgoldfan- whether Murtha has anything to do with this specifically or not, he certainly doesn't have our troops' best interests in mind.

    Libertarian Advocate- Thanks! Exposing politicians' corruption is easy work. They make it way too easy for us.