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Blast Boxers: Improved Groin Armor For Troops in Afghanistan … Video

25 March 2012 No Comment

While America’s leadership and policy makers continue to order the U.S. military into Afghanistan fighting under restrictive ROE’s, the counter-productive polices of “Catch and Release” and the “Counterinsurgency doctrine” (COIN), to win ‘the hearts and minds’ of the Afghan people at the expense of the troops, Military.com reports on a new improved “groin armor” dubbed “blast boxers” for Marine Corps units serving in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

While the “blast boxers” will not save limbs during an improvised explosive devices (IED) blast, they may save the genitalia area.

The dirty secret the policy makers and Washington’s leadership do not want Americans to know is that for years military families go to sleep worrying whether America’s enemies and terrorists or the U.S. bureaucracy and policies will kill their loved ones on the battlefield.

Read about the double standards at the expense of troops and Catch and Release here.

Catch and Release in Iraq via The Washington Post.

“There were no costs for the Iranians,” said one senior administration official. “They are hurting our mission in Iraq, and we were bending over backwards not to fight back.”

More on the restrictive ROE’s.

Read about COIN here.

The counterinsurgency tactic that is sending U.S. soldiers out on foot patrols among the Afghan people, rather than riding in armored vehicles, has contributed to a dramatic increase in arm and leg amputations, genital injuries and the loss of multiple limbs following blast injuries.

The number of U.S. troops who had amputations rose sharply from 86 in 2009, to 187 in 2010 and 147 so far this year, military officials said Tuesday, releasing the report on catastrophic wounds.

Of those, the number of troops who lost two or three limbs rose from 23 in 2009 to 72 last year to 77 so far this year. … The soldier on foot is at greater risk for severe injuries, Tuesday’s report noted, “and the injury severity (in Afghanistan) confirms this.”

Marine killed by Afghan soldier last month in a green-on-blue attack.

An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent Afghan treachery that marked at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks, Marine officials said.