11/25/2004

Daily Kos :: "We are going to pay for this in blood" - Guardsmen

Daily Kos :: "We are going to pay for this in blood" - Guardsmen: "'We are going to pay for this in blood' - Guardsmen
by westegg
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Thu Nov 25th, 2004 at 11:31:13 CDT

Like everybody else, there are other things I should be doing today other than making a diary entry here, but I noticed that nobody (from what I've seen) has linked to this
LATimes article, and I thought it deserves attention.

The piece talks about one California National Guard unit currently training in New Mexico. Its soldiers have complained of poor training and equipment shortages and warned that these will translate into casualties once the unit is in Iraq.

More troubling, a number of the soldiers said, is that the training they have received is so poor and equipment shortages so prevalent that they fear their casualty rate will be needlessly high when they arrive in Iraq early next year. 'We are going to pay for this in blood,' one soldier said.



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Here's what one brave soldier was willing to say on the record, at the risk of retribution:


'Some of us are going to die there, and some of us are going to die unnecessarily because of the lack of training,' he said. 'So I don't care. Let them court-martial me. I want the American public to know what is going on. My men are guilty of one thing: volunteering to serve their country. And we are at the end of our rope.'

After touching on the perception that some guard units have that the regular army doesn't regard them or treat them like regular army, it lists several incidents that, taken together, make it sound like there is general sense if mutiny bubbling just below the surface as the incompetent war planning of the administration forces citizen soldiers to burden more of the cost of this war."

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