Democrat Talking Points Killing U.S. Soldiers

In a story we’ve been following here at Wizbang, more and more evidence is coming in from the field that up-armoring Humvess is killing more soldiers than it has been saving.

Report: Armor Causing Humvees to Roll Over
Report: Heavy Armor Intended to Protect Troops Is Causing Military Humvees in Iraq to Roll Over

DAYTON, Ohio – Thousands of pounds of armor added to military Humvees, intended to protect U.S. troops, have made the vehicles more likely to roll over, killing and injuring soldiers in Iraq, a newspaper reported.

“I believe the up-armoring has caused more deaths than it has saved,” said Scott Badenoch, a former Delphi Corp. vehicle dynamics expert told the Dayton Daily News for Sunday editions.

Since the start of the war, Congress and the Army have spent tens of millions of dollars on armor for the Humvee fleet in Iraq, the newspaper reported Sunday.

That armor much of it installed on the M1114 Humvee built at the Armor Holdings Inc. plant north of Cincinnati has shielded soldiers from harm.

But serious accidents involving the M1114 have increased as the war has progressed, and the accidents were much more likely to be rollovers than those of other Humvee models, the newspaper reported.

An analysis of the Army’s ground accident database, which includes records from March 2003 through November 2005, found that 60 of the 85 soldiers who died in Humvee accidents in Iraq or 70 percent were killed when the vehicle rolled, the newspaper reported. Of the 337 injuries, 149 occurred in rollovers.

“The whole thing is a formula for disaster,” said Badenoch, who is working with the military to design a lighter-armored vehicle to replace the Humvee. …

Gunners were killed in at least 27 of the 93 fatal Humvee accidents since 2001, according to the newspaper’s analysis.

I genuinely hold the Democrats who demagogued this issue responsible for these deaths. The Humvee was commissioned by war planners and designed by engineers to do specific tasks very well. When the Democrats decided they wanted to Bash Bush, they forced the Pentagon to add additional weight to the vehicle damaging the dynamics. That decision has killed people.

We’ve had evidence for over a year now that the armor might be killing more people than it saved. It now appears to be the case. – You can also read why up-armored Humvess roll so easy on that same link

It might be worth also noting that we at Wizbang knew that randomly up-armoring Humvess was probably not a good idea from the beginning.

You might also want to read the Stupidest News Story Ever Reported. – That one still takes the cake.

In the end this policy is like most liberal policies. It sounds good and gives people advocating it a warm a fuzzy feeling…. It probably just does the opposite of what it is intended to do.

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  1. Lee June 18, 2006