posted on Dec, 10 2007 @ 10:12 AM
reply to post by unnamedninja
The problem isn't that Hummers aren't armored as they do provide protection against small arms. It's that the IEDs have enough explosive force to
overcome the amount of armor that can be put on an Hummer. Hummers were never designed to operate against those types of threats, which is why the
MRAPs were developed. Additionally, there's no Hummer factory in Iraq. They do have depots where upgrades can be done in theater, but not the
entire assembly of a vehicle. No vehicle over there is completely safe against explosive threats(not even MBTs). Practicality and acceptible risk
come into play as well(i.e. it's just not possible to have everyone ride in an Abrams tank).
As for the sitting around and playing cards instead of patrolling- there maybe isolated cases of that, but that is certainly not the SOP. Nobody
wants to be responsible for their buddies/fellow units getting killed because they blew off their responsibilities. These types of folks are known as
Blue Falcons in the military, and are highly frowned upon.