Not too long ago the media was practically foaming at the mouth over the lack or insufficiency of the body armor the troops were getting.
Well, in their usual never-follow-up-a-story style, here’s another one the liberal media has chosen to ignore.
US Marines in Iraq who have been flooded with the new plate sets since the media hoo-hah about inadequately covered troops (and Hummers) have by-and-large opted not to wear the new plates if given the choice. Some Marine commanders have made wearing the plates mandatory.
Apparently the 10 pounds the plates add to the ground pounders already-60 and 70-pound loads don’t exactly help their mobility, something the guys KNOW is essential in combat.
"Before you know it, they're going to get us injured because we're hauling too much weight and don't have enough mobility to maneuver in a fight from house to house," said S/Sgt Thomas Bain of Buffalo, NY, who is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. Bain was quoted in an Associated Press report. "I think we're starting to go overboard on the armor."
The height of the body armor controversy was gleefully reached and reported in the media when some American GIs confronted the Secretary of Defense over the issue. That the confrontation had been a set up, was not reported, nor will this be except when buried amongst the adds for “gentlemen’s” clubs.