You have a bake sale with the army you have

Ah, yes. A young reservist, whose unit has not yet been deployed to Iraq… give it time, lad… has raised around $3,000 in an auction of sports memorabilia intended to be used to fund body armor and other necessary equipment for his reserve unit. Despite reports that the $87 billion “for our troops” (which was, if our troops were smart enough to have large defense contractors”, but didn’t mean body or vehicle armor), many military men and women report having to scrounge around for what we would consider basic safety equipment– as roadside bombs have killed a fair part of the over 1300 combat dead.
Reservist Sean Flynn of the Mountain View (California) based 445th Civil Affairs Battalion was promptly told that his unit had all the equipment it needed (lest the truth which might save soldiers’ lives get in the way of the official story), at which point he donated the proceeds to a soldiers’ mothers’ group and for a “luxury item” like a computer for the unit.
Ah, the mightiest nation that ever existed we are told. Whose army is down to 18-year old reservists who feel the need to privately raise money for their own equipment (shades of the Czarist forces battling Napoleon, no?)
We spend an awful lot of money on fancy anti-missile technology that not only doesn’t work, but is directed at a threat that by and large no longer exists. The actual human beings who are going to go in and take and then hold ground are an after-thought. SecDef’s Rumsfeld’s fantasy military of the future only makes things worse, as we continue to ignore the reality of the wars of the present, which are raging away in Afghanistan, Iraq and all over Africa– where irregular forces that move fast engage in hit and run guerrilla attacks. By contrast, we are the red-coats lining up with our muskets dropping to shoot and standing to reload, making oh so nice targets.
Well, godspeed to Reservist Flynn. He really is the future of this country. Let’s hope we don’t go getting him (or too many more of our finest young men and women) killed over in Iraq. For nothing.