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Well, which is it, safe or dangerous???

Something worth pondering…the title of the post is from a letter from House Blender Paul.


I’m getting really confused. First I read:

“The dangers faced by American troops in Iraq have been exaggerated, adding to the difficulty of recruiting soldiers at home, the Army general in charge of National Guard forces said yesterday. ” …I lose, unfortunately, more people through private automobile accidents and motorcycle accidents…”

I then I read:

“Until last month, Cheryl D. Lewis had never fired a gun. A civilian worker with the Department of Defense, she didn’t even know how to hold one.

Even so, Lewis found herself squeezing off bursts from a Colt submachine gun at a firing range in the rolling West Virginia countryside. She also blasted targets with an AK-47 assault rifle, a Remington pump shotgun and a Sig Sauer 9-millimeter pistol.

Lewis, a communications specialist, has volunteered for Iraq, the world’s most dangerous foreign assignment for federal workers, contractors and diplomats. Like every employee assigned to the massive U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, she was required to take an eight-day course on the uniquely treacherous and unpredictable conditions in Iraq.”

If Iraq is safer than driving on the L.A. freeways than why are even the friggin’ secretaries required to take an eight day firearms training course? Inquiring minds want to know.


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