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Stupid is as Stupid Does: If the Military Can't Protect Its Own Assets How Can They Protect Us?

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According to the New York Times: More than 100 trucks loaded with supplies for U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan were destroyed Sunday by militants in Peshawar, a Pakistani city that serves as an important transit point for the Afghan war effort.

It was the third major attack by Taliban militants on NATO supplies in Pakistan in less than a month, and served to expose the vulnerability of the route from the port of Karachi through Peshawar and over the border into Afghanistan. The United States relies on the route for an overwhelming proportion of its supplies for the war in Afghanistan.

The supply-laden trucks weren’t attacked while enroute, but as they sat idle in a parking lot where the minimal security force protecting them weren’t able defend themselves or the trucks.

I heard about this vulnerability well more than a week ago. Maybe even longer ago than that.

Although, scoffed off as “a very insignificant loss in terms of everything transported into Afghanistan” by one spokesman for the military…that isn’t the point.

The point is: If they can’t protect their supplies -- which we paid for -- how the hell are we to expect them to protect us.

Obviously none of these military people were Boy Scouts, and never heard of the Scout’s motto: Always be prepared.

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The U.S. military get this week’s award of Stupid is as Stupid Does.


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Sandy Sand began her writing career while raising three children and doing public relations work for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). That led to a job as a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle, a (more...)

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