I was reading an article about the newish armored vehicles with V-shaped hulls for withstanding IED attacks. Apparently no one has ever been killed by an IED blast in one of these particular vehicles despite thousands of encounters. The military bought 300 of them. They have 35,000 regular Humvees.
Does it seem like we’re trying hard enough to protect the troops?
I realize it probably isn’t easy to build these special vehicles in mass production. And it’s absurdly expensive. But are we putting a war-level effort into increasing production capacity? I don’t recall seeing a story to that effect.
My recommendation to young people: Don’t enlist.
The majority of the country opposes the war in Iraq, but we don’t seem to have much power to do anything but wait out the clock. 18-to-21 year olds could end the war in six months. All they have to do is stop enlisting. In the short term, it wouldn’t have much impact on military capacity or the defense of the nation. But the threat of a future impact would shock the system and cause some sort of immediate action.
If young people want a career in the military, they could put it off a year, or at least until the government gets serious about building more IED-resistant vehicles. If enlistment drops to near zero, the government has to consider a draft. And it won’t do that because they have too many kids of their own who are draft age.
It’s ironic that people between the ages of 18 and 21 are the only American adults not allowed to drink. And yet they are the only ones who can stop the war in Iraq in the near term. Or if they prefer, at least cause more IED-resistant vehicles to be built.
That’s a lot of power.