A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials.
And then point to FEMA's response to Katrina, and then point out the Administration's bungling of post-war Iraq, and then point to the recent recess appointments the President used to install completely unqualified cronies into crucial National Security posts, cronies so useless he knew he couldn't even get them past a Republican Senate ...
... to reiterate my position: I don't criticize this Administration because I'm a progressive, or I hate Bush, or I Want the Terrorists to Win (tm). They are objectively bad at their jobs. This is so far past Conservative vs. Progressive that we're in Wonderland. Never mind the whole "The President gets to break the law as long as we're at War and we'll be at War for the foreseeable future" inanity. That aside, these people are Just. Not. Getting. The Job. Done.
Half-Assed, I believe I said, and I stick by it.
You support the troops by making sure they have all the equipment they need, they are executing a well-thought-out strategy with accomplishable goals, and then taking care of them when they get home. This Administration has failed on all three counts. Objectively.