Monday, October 18, 2004
I see in The Los Angeles Times a report in Sunday's paper on the deployment of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the "Blackhorse" for the stallion on its shoulder patch, to Iraq for a year of combat duty. The regiment has long served as as the opposing force, or "OPFOR", for units from other installations coming to train at the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. This is obviously a sure sign of the desparation of the Pentagon. The 11th Cav is the major resource for training new troops for combat and taking them out of the training game and replacing them with National Guard troops is tatamount to disaster. Now all of out new troops will be even less able to address situations they face in Iraq. This is classic stupid.