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Old 07-02-2012, 09:36 AM   #77
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Originally Posted by patteeu View Post
That's because you have a cartoonish understanding of our military like so many others. HumVees were never supposed to be armored. That's why our troops were sent to Iraq in unarmored HumVees. It was only after experience with the IED problem that we realized that a vehicle designed primarily for transportation behind our lines was poorly suited for this different kind of war (without lines).

Even at 43% of global military spending (assuming that number is right), trade-offs must be made. To fully equip all of our troops with the best possible equipment to meet every possible contingency would cost a heck of a lot more than that and I don't suppose that you are arguing for massive defense spending increases, are you?
Our intelligence is a bit better than suddenly experiencing the IED problem. How about the battery issue and the body armor issue?
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