I know. File this under the heading of 'no shit', but now it's official:
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of U.S. Marines have been killed or injured by roadside bombs in Iraq because Marine Corps bureaucrats refused an urgent request in 2005 from battlefield commanders for blast-resistant vehicles, an internal military study concludes.
"If the mass procurement and fielding of MRAPs had begun in 2005 in response to the known and acknowledged threats at that time, as the (Marine Corps) is doing today, hundreds of deaths and injuries could have been prevented," writes Gayl, the science and technology adviser to Lt. Gen. Richard Natonski, who heads the department. "While the possibility of individual corruption remains undetermined, the existence of corrupted MRAP processes is likely, and worthy of (inspector general) investigation."
Once we finally start objectively investigating, the IG's office will be swamped for years looking into all the abuses committed over the Chimp's term. The biggest one was going into Iraq in the first fucking place.
As for the Marines, this administration looks at them the same way they do the Great Unwashed Gord told us about. The lives of the proles are worth very little to Chimp & Co. and so are the lives of Marines.