Not sure if you have paid attention, but a remote outpost in Afghanistan was assaulted this weekend by Taliban forces, and they breached the perimeter and killed a bunch of our guys. This write-up at CNN sounds like something out of Platoon or We Were Soldiers Once and Young:
The battle Saturday in which eight U.S. troops were killed was so fierce that, at one point, U.S. forces had to fall back as attackers breached the perimeter of their base, a U.S. military official with knowledge of the latest intelligence reports on the incident said.***
The United States now believes that about 200 insurgents — mostly local fighters, with some Taliban organizers and leaders — had been planning the attack for days, hiding mortars, rockets and heavy machine guns in the mountains. Sources said the Taliban may have been watching the troops make preparations to depart and launched their attack at a time of vulnerability.
The Taliban were able to use their higher positions to fire into the base, pinning down the troops. As the attack progressed, the troops were forced back when enemy fighters managed to breach the outer perimeter of the outpost, the source said.
The story itself is disturbing enough, but then in the comments here there is a link to this website, soliciting donations to replace the… SOCKS AND BALACLAVAS for these guys.
You have got to be shitting me. What exactly is going on in this damned country? This can not be for real. We have two damned wars running, spend over a half a trillion annually on defense, and that is before the supplemental bills for hundreds of billions every year, and we need to pass the fucking hat to buy our troops socks? Seriously. What is going on? I’m seriously about to blow a damned gasket. I bet the lads working for Xe/Blackwater don’t need donations for socks.
Christ on a crutch. This country is just completely screwed. Please tell me this is a hoax or a misunderstanding and our soldiers aren’t relying on donations so they don’t freeze to death in Afghanistan.