October 30th, 2006


Incompetence -- Oops, Have You Seen My Machine Gun?

Since it's close to election time in the United States, here is another exhortation not to vote from yours truly. Voting only encourages them. Is there really a man or woman running for office who deserves your support? Whom you are excited about seeing weild power -- and weild it with very little accountability? I hope not. I won't be voting. They're all scumbags. We'd do better if we pulled names out of a hat than to bestow power upon people who crave it.

Well anyway, here's some more government incompetence for you:

The Pentagon cannot account for 14,030 weapons — almost 4 percent of the semiautomatic pistols, assault rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons it began supplying to Iraq since the end of 2003.

The missing weapons will not be tracked easily: The Defense Department registered the serial numbers of only about 10,000 of the 370,251 weapons it provided — less than 3 percent.

Missing from the Defense Department's inventory books were 13,180 semiautomatic pistols, 751 assault rifles and 99 machine guns.

The article says 14,030 weapons of type [semiautomatic pistols, assault rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons]. According to the math in the article...

14,030 Total Weapons
-13,180 pistols
-751 assault rifles
-99 machine guns
0 RPGs and other weapons

Hmmm. But it says some were stolen. They just won't tell us how many. It's comforting knowing our government has lost some unspecified number of RPGs. Yeah, losing the other stuff is bad, but you don't want a bunch of RPGs floating around. Hopefully they didn't lose any shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles like we've done in the past in Central America and Afghanistan. I don't think the insurgency has much in the way of aircraft, so hopefully we didn't bring over stinger missiles for the Iraqi defence forces, but given how incompetent our government is and how much some suppliers could make off a deal like that (and give kickbacks in return), I would not be surprised. That would REALLY be making Americans safer.