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Supporting our troops (?)

Congress decided to give Dear Leader his blank check to fund the troops today (Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were two of 14 no votes). The irony is where is that money going to be spent? Is it going to go into a rat hole? Is it spent wisely on resources to keep our troops safe, or is it funding a broken bureaucracy?

Take a look at this bit of news: Marines fail to get gear to troops.

Of more than 100 requests from deployed Marine units between February 2006 and February 2007, less than 10 percent have been fulfilled, the document says. It blamed the bureaucracy and a “risk-averse” approach by acquisition officials.

…Brig. Gen. Robert Milstead, chief of Marine Corps public affairs, said cost was not a factor in choosing the Humvee.

“This was not a budgetary decision,” Milstead said Wednesday. “You can take that to the bank.”

The internal document, however, states that the cost of building new vehicles was a primary reason the request was denied by the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va.

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