"Armchair Generalist" has a post up about the president's push to procure tens of thousands of MRAPs in the near future. I have been a big champion of the need for MRAPs in Iraq, but "AG" raises some important questions, among them: are we overbuilding the MRAP now?
The MRAPs have now become symbols quite apart from their role on the battlefield. The Republicans neglected the procurement of these vehicles when a few thousand could have made a dramatic impact on the course of the conflict. Now they seem bent on providing every soldier and marine in Iraq with his or her own personal MRAP, with an extra one to drive on Sundays.
Now that it is too late for these vehicles to have a decisive impact, the Bush administration is rushing to procure them to prolong our presence in Iraq and to try and justify a Republican claim of "support for the troops."
This may be a case of "too much, too late."
You can read Armchair Generalist's "The Problem With MRAPs" here.
Picture Credit: U.S. Air Force Airmen prepare to load a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle into a C-5 Galaxy aircraft for shipment to Iraq at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. on Aug. 16, 2007. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson, U.S. Air Force.