Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Pope Glass

No, this isn’t a manufacturing company in the Vatican, or the name of an obscure pope you’ve never heard of. It’s the latest jury-rigged equipment that our soldiers in Iraq are putting together. And it’s saving lives.

To paraphrase our defense secretary, you go to war with the equipment you have, not the equipment you wish you had. And the more ingenious you are at fashioning your own equipment and armor, the greater your chance of survival.

Pope Glass is a 2-inch-thick cocoon of bulletproof windshields welded together. This glass cocoon is used to protect the turret of a Humvee. Pope Glass is becoming more and more common on Humvees in the most violent parts of Iraq. Troops are having to be more and more inventive to protect themselves against snipers and roadside bombs.

They call it Pope Glass because it looks similar to the thick glass box that Pope John Paul II used to travel in after his assassination attempt in 1981.

A Vermont National Guardsman was the first person to use Pope Glass in Iraq last July. He said “It was really uncomfortable keeping myself above the turret that first time. I felt exposed. When I put the glass on, everybody was like, what the hell is this guy doing? But then they started asking for it.”

A 21-year-old gunner whose life was saved by Pope Glass said “I would have been gone if that glass hadn’t been there. I probably wouldn’t have a head.”

Thank God for the ingenuity of our troops. The Army sends you into this hellhole, and then it’s up to you to keep inventing your own safety gear if you want to stay alive.


Blogger spaceneedl said...

it's getting so tiresome to keep pointing out the hypocrisy an lies...boy the administration really supports the troops, don't they?

by making them cobble together mad max armor, handing out substandard body armor, prohibiting the purchase of non-issue body armor...then cutting va funding for the veterans when they come home.

it'd be funny if it weren't so damn unfunny.

April 2, 2006 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Spaceneedl: Can you believe this? The world's most powerful army, from the world's richest country, is sending their people into a war zone where they have to keep improvising and re-inventing in order to stay alive. It's un-fucking-real. And yes, anyone who comes home injured will be dropped like a hot potato.

April 3, 2006 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

embarrasing. truly.

I work directly with a former Marine.
He says the same thing.

And you should hear what he has to say about W..

April 3, 2006 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mike V.: Yup, this really is embarrassing. If your Marine buddy doesn't like W., I guess he won't get invited to any of Bush's choreographed "public meetings" where everybody "spontaneously" erupts into cheers for Bush.

April 3, 2006 at 3:12 PM  

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