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Subject: General Claims US Troops Ill Equipped
Burke G Sheppard    8/12/2005 2:06:32 PM
General Claims US Troops Ill Equipped The problem, it seems, is that our troops are too well armed. They should be using lighter weapons, so as not cause civilian casualties.
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joe6pack    RE:General Claims US Troops Ill Equipped   8/12/2005 3:43:36 PM
Wow, I don't think I read so much utter BS in a while. WTF are "precision-guided pistols" and how are you supposed to hit anything with a pistol (precision guided or not) while in a moving vehichle? If troops are using "unauthorized" levels of force - that's a training and discipline issues, not an equipment issue. There is another thing that you would think a General would be aware of.. the extremely limited range of a pistol. If your convoy is attacked by a suicide bomber or car packed with explosives, it's maybe best to be able to stop them before they get to within "accurate" and "effective" pistol range. **sigh** Hopefully the next article will be "former" US General..
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TrustButVerify    RE:General Claims US Troops Ill Equipped   8/15/2005 3:54:37 AM
I ask myself, can he really be that stupid? I should not be surprised to learn that this was simply a CYA memo, including a suggested fix never meant to be implemented, meant to keep someone out of trouble in the future if the "dispraportionate force" idea becomes a hot media topic. I for one would much rather that this be ass-covering than a case of a dumb general.
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