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        Monday, January 30, 2006

       Body Armor Saved Woodruff, Troops Not So Lucky.

By H.L.

ABC News Anchorman Bob Woodruff, who was blown up, along with cameraman Doug Vogt, while embedded in Iraq, was saved by the body armor he was wearing according to ABC’s news president. Woodruff is in serious condition, with possible brain damage, but he would have been killed if not for the armor. Doctors have stated that they do not know if Shrapnel had penetrated Woodruff’s brain, but they were still removing shrapnel from his neck. The Doctors also had to cut a hole into Woodruff’s skull cap in an attempt to relieve some of the swelling. Vogt who was also wearing body armor is in much better condition.
Woodruff, and Vogt, were on patrol in an Iraqi vehicle, no doubt so they could come home and show the footage on the news and tell people “Look, things are going so well over there, because President Bush is doing such a great job in the war on terror. The Iraqis are now able to take care of their own affairs and isn’t it just great that we went in there and killed all those people because look we were there, and everything is just super.” Of Course ABC News, as well as the entire mainstream media will do anything to prop up Bush, and make him look like some kind of genius, even get blown up in Iraq, now that is commitment. Woodruff probably figured he was set for life after this, he could tell everyone he was a combat veteran of The MSM. I wonder if anyone at the corporate news facilities today is saying to themselves. "Ooops, maybe things are not so great over there after all. We are no closer to winning the war now, then we were 3 years ago when we went in there against the wishes of all the top military commanders because Bush, and Rumsfeld are much smarter then some bunch of Generals.”
Lucky for Woodruff, and Vogt, that they work for a Multi-billion dollar corporation that can afford to buy them the best body armor for when they go over to play soldier in Iraq. To bad our soldiers who have to be there every day, through tour after tour because no one is dumb enough to sign up to take over for them anymore, do not have the same luxury. The New York Times reported in a January 6, 2006 story that 80% off all soldiers that died of upper body wounds would have been saved if they had the correct body armor, which has been available since 2003, but the Pentagon has refused to supply it despite pleas from the troops. The Times reported that the ceramic plates in the armor the troops are issued only covered part of the chest and back of soldiers, but did not cover the sides and torso, which the best available armor does, at least 340 American solders have been killed from torso wounds alone. The study went on to say that according to Army procurement officials “The Army is still deciding what to purchase.”
Still deciding what to purchase???, after almost 3 years and over 2200 deaths they are still deciding what to purchase. I hope they figure it out soon. I’m glad to see that our government is so concerned with the health and well being of the solders it forces back to Iraq again, and again. Donald Rumsfeld said it best himself: “You go to war with the Army you have, not with the Army you wish you had.” Well right about now The Army wishes it had better armor, it also probably wishes that it hadn’t been sent over there to die for the lies, so Exxon-Mobil which just recorded an all time record profit could make even more Billions thanks to oil man Bush and all his greasy oily cronies.


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