The Invincible Super-Blog looks to the past to remind us of how zeal and ideology can overshadow sound military policy at the cost of human lives. That’s right…the infamous Contra hearings of 1989.
SENATOR ARTHUR WEATHERTON (R, NM): With all due respect, Lieutenant, I fail to see how the failure to equip two Marines necessitates a Congressional investigation. Why havenâ€™t we heard from the rest of the soldiers involved in the operation?
LT. RIZER: Because Lance and I were the total forces committed to the Red Falcon conflict, Senator.
SEN. WEATHERTON: â€¦ Oh. Carry on.
LT. RIZER: Right. Now, I know that at the time of our deployment, resources were already committed to providing support for the Bionic Commando project, but sending two men to fight an entire army of technologically advanced aliensâ€¦ I canâ€™t imagine that America needed to close the grapple-arm gap that badly. And our equipment wasâ€¦ well, it was sub-par.