Israeli bullets that the Army bought to plug a shortfall should be used only for training and not to fight Muslim guerrillas in Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers said yesterday.This story is so absurd, and wrong on so many levels I don't know where to begin.
"By no means, under any circumstances, should a round from Israel be utilized" since the Army has stockpiled ammunition, said Rep. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, the top Democrat on a House Armed Services subcommittee.
In December, the Army contracted with Israel Military Industries for $70 million in small-caliber ammunition because the Israeli firm was one of only two worldwide that could meet U.S. specifications and delivery needs, the military said.
The other was Winchester Ammunition of East Alton, Ill.
Rep. Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican who chairs the subcommittee, said Abercrombie was making a valid point about the propaganda pitfalls of using Israeli rounds in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Do lawmakers believe that honoring the Arab pathology about all things Jewish is a worthy discussion?
Are our lawmakers so completely clueless about the big picture gravity and scope of this war that this subject is all they can get their pea-sized brains around?
Is this the post-Abu Ghraib level of congressional micromanagement we can expect from here on out as the military tries very hard to perform the mission handed it by the nation? (Here is a clue...war is ugly...like making sausage. If you have a weak stomach it's strongly recommended you don't watch too closely...)
Are the lead projectiles from bullets made in Israel stamped with the Star of David so they can be identified in autopsy by Muslim medical examiners? Perhaps they glow with seven tiny lights when inspected under an infrared scope.
Did the lawmakers not realize this discussion itself would serve to highlight the fact that the US purchased ammunition from Israel? Did they not realize that the largest loudest reporting of their discussion would be by al Jazeera?
Was I asleep the day the spacecraft came and replaced sentient lifeforms on this planet with total idiots?