Monday, January 02, 2006

Military Support for Bush Decreases

I don't know exactly what to make of this, but a recent Military Times Poll shows a substantial estrangement of the troops from W. Of course, it also shows a significant disconnect between Congress and the troops, too.

Some random comments:

  • “Collectively, they can’t make a decision together,” said Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class James McKelvy, an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy. “It’s really hard to take orders from a body of people that really seems like they don’t have their act together.”
  • “It takes a major war for us to decide to put armor on our vehicles and put armor on our troops,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Jensen. “It’s taken so long to even up-armor all of our Humvees.”
This can't be a good thing. When the military feels abandoned by its civillian leadership, bad things happen. I'm not talking coup here. Rather, things like the lack of confidence that occurred after Vietnam happen. This is only one poll from one source, so I should take it with a grain of salt. On the other hand, this result surprised me.

1 comment:

pck said...

Happy New Year!

This military stuff seems to be the same stuff that was a problem in the '90s. Not enough armour, vehicles and supplies not really prepared for a war - more like exercises.

I haven't tracked all of which bills were supposed to do which and why certain ones were passed and others were not.

Count me among the conservatives who want to spend federal money on defense, a safety net (though i'd like to see states get a chunk of money and have to deal with ways to spend it that fit their needs), and that's about it.

Even if the mrs would let me run for office, i'd never get eleceted on that kind of platform. Or even if I did, it would never make it through.

So i guess i'll give up and complain in the comments section of a blog.