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July 03, 2008

Yikes!

VC's Official ThongWearer in Chief kicks some heiny:

...my li'l buddy, ry ... recently asked my thoughts on a subject he'd heard bruited about: “Why haven’t we gotten a better Iraqi Army for all the money we’ve spent?”

Ummmmm -- huh?

First, *we* didn’t get an Army -- Iraq did. Sure, we foot the bill -- just like we foot the bill for most of NATO during my growing-up years (pssst -- Marshall Plan, remember?), and for a lot of our other allies during their growing or reconstruction spurts (*waving hi to all our buddies in South Korea and Japan*) -- and Iraq is now an ally.

Second, everything else. Let’s take a look at the Army Iraq got.

* Light infantry, with a decent mech capability and recent airmobile experience.
* Operates jointly with allies as necessary or solo as required.
* Battle-tested in urban warfare against urban guerrilla terrorists (hey, there’s a catchy term from the past – urban guerrilla. You know, what Weather Undergrounders like Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers were calling themselves before they decided to stop planting IEDs *in US cities* and go work for the Lightwalker).

The New Army kicks butt, takes names and, when it runs out of paper, stops taking names -- because it was recruited, trained and organized while its officers, NCOs, soldiers and recruits were being bombed, shot, rocketed, kidnapped and executed en masse by the same scuzzballs who demand that *we* roll over and die because our existence offends their tender Wahabi sensibilities.

Go read it all. And remind me never to get on Bill's bad side. I'd hate to be called one of them silly names... :p

Posted by Cassandra at July 3, 2008 08:10 AM

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Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2008 09:34 AM

That's me!

Posted by: Cassandra at July 3, 2008 09:39 AM

Flagrantly
Obstreperous
Brazenly
Beautiful
Intrepid
TechWench

Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2008 09:42 AM

Oh, go ahead and say it again.

You *know* you want to...

Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2008 09:45 AM

Now I know you're full of it... :p

Posted by: Cassandra at July 3, 2008 09:46 AM

*innocent, cherubic smile*

[which, to those who've seen me, should generate a fairly disturbing visual]

Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2008 09:53 AM

Trust me - I don't have to see you to get the disturbing visual. I raised two boys and am married to a Marine :p

Posted by: Cassandra at July 3, 2008 09:56 AM

Heh. You two, get a room...

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at July 3, 2008 10:10 AM

We *all* know how to do it. We learn the trick during our formative years in the ManCave...

Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2008 10:11 AM

Heh. Formative years? I just spent the 1st year anniversary in my ManCounty!

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at July 3, 2008 10:28 AM

Fishing for sympathy just because you got a late start?

Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2008 10:32 AM

Ha! Bragging for all those people who only have a cave... I have caves, creeks, a pond, ranges, horses, goats, chickens... well, okay, no one cares about the chickens - and no close neighbors to spoil it.

The Great White Bear can still dance in the meadow in the moonlight.

Ask SWWBO.

If you dare.

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at July 3, 2008 11:19 AM

The Great White Bear can still dance in the meadow in the moonlight.

*going off to re-rinse brain with Lysol*

Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2008 11:37 AM

Ahhhh. My work here is done.

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at July 3, 2008 01:04 PM

And the place looks *great*!

You must have aced that Interior Decorating final after all, you ol' faker, you...

Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2008 02:46 PM

Well, I *did* learn something about Marmosets in the Title Graphic.

Doesn't quite have the punch of a trivet - me, I was hoping to put the trivet behind the marmoset's head.

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at July 3, 2008 03:28 PM

Please pass the Lysol. That image just has to go.

Posted by: Russ at July 3, 2008 03:38 PM

Hmmm, being from a *Castle* and all, I'd have thought you'd find some way to fashion that trivet into a shield -- a flying marmoset shield, perhaps.
0>;~}

Posted by: DL Sly at July 3, 2008 03:40 PM

Sounds like a job for... Bassomatic

Not only does it process fish in a flash, it slices, it dices, it will make a marmoset smoothy in under 20 seconds.

Posted by: Billy Maze at July 3, 2008 04:08 PM

Heh. You two, get a room...

But they're so cute...

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 3, 2008 04:43 PM

...and I prefer to *stay* that way.

Which is why I've perfected the art of keeping just beyond her max range.

Posted by: BillT at July 3, 2008 05:09 PM

If you had a trivet-turned-marmoset-shield you wouldn't need to stay "just beyond her range.".
Jus' sayin'....
0>;~}

Posted by: DL Sly at July 4, 2008 03:59 AM

She's found out about shaped charges.

Ummmm -- anybody out there know how to weld kevlar?

Posted by: BillT at July 4, 2008 05:31 AM

Marmoset's have AP teeth. Kevlar doesn't do a thing against those.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 4, 2008 07:37 PM

That's why I need to weld the kevlar. I'm putting it on top of some Chobham armor plating...

Posted by: BillT at July 4, 2008 08:46 PM

MacGyver's got an arc welder. He might be able to lend you a hand. Lord knows he's needed to weld some things together to keep himself safe around here from time to time.

Posted by: HomefrontSix at July 5, 2008 12:16 AM

Kids finally get to sleep, HF6?

Posted by: BillT at July 5, 2008 04:52 AM

Kids finally get to sleep, HF6?

somethin' like that...

Posted by: HomefrontSix at July 5, 2008 12:55 PM

I'm putting it on top of some Chobham armor plating...

You're not thinking of making your own reactive armor that blows outwards against projectiles, are you.

Oh btw, when I say "AP" I mean "Associated Pirates".

You're going to need automatic tracking mines to get rid of those seekers.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at July 7, 2008 12:40 AM

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