Hmm... the U.S. just about spends as much money on its military as the rest
of the world combined spends on their military (source: newsweek). I'm all
for supporting the troops, but if they need air conditioners I think maybe
you should be emailing our politicians rather than asking me (a US taxpayer)
to give up any more of my hard earned money.
And if the politicians provide them air conditioners, where does the money to
pay for those ACs come from?
Taxes, that's where -- in other words, from your hard-earned money.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
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I noted this in one of the linked website's captions:
"He got 20 little cuts on his fingers from holding the air conditioner
from the back."
Yow! That happened to me some years ago while hurridly installing a
window unit. My fingers flinched reflexively at the now-distant horror
upon reading that line.
Don't know why but it's the little, superficial injuries (like, say,
paper cuts) that give me the willies when recalled. A broken
collarbone was no big deal in comparison.
About the effort you've publicized: I guess I'm neutral on the
concept. Seems fine and worthy on the surface, and I'm sure that the
Home Depot is doing this with its customary, expected level of
business efficiency. But is it really a wise use of our resources to
be running A/C units to our troops? Particularly given that lack of
consistent electrical power availability has been such an incredibly
sore subject among the locals there? Could be counterproductive if
this was spun the "right" way by hostile pro-Sadaamites, and used to
rally support among those who are looking to lash back and kill our
Merely idle speculation though.
Dirk (who included aforementioned 8,500 btu window unit with the sale
of the NJ home)
Why? So that the ones they have already can be shipped back?
Son in Law is heading that way, and got a couple of others that I know
there...and they have AC there already...
Its pointless, but if she feels like shes doing something...she just needs
to know that 90% of them will be left behind...for the new Saddam..
I heard that the most popular present from home are those water bags you
wear on your back, the kind worn by bicyclists and hikers. Apparently,
those aren't standard issue yet. As a former desert hiker, I can see how
they would be the right thing.
I have a couple of friends there who say they can't get enough baby
wipes, boxer underwear (they wear out quick from the sand in the
crotch), and large sized panty hose (keeps the sand fleas out of the
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong,
The best support for our troops would be to get them the hell out of
Iraq. Replace them with Rummy and G.W. -- the one can verbally bully
them into submission and the latter can drink them under the table.
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