Friday, June 20, 2008

IEDs at Home

The general in charge of the Pengaton’s counter-IED effort reiterated a couple of important points Wednesday. Speaking at a defense forum in Virginia Beach, Army Lieutenant General Thomas Metz noted that IEDs are strategic weapons, and they could be equally devastating if used in the United States. - In From the Cold

The guys at In From the Cold usually have some really good stuff and here is just a taste that sets the mind to thinking. There are plenty of nut jobs right here at home who with a little thought and planning could make life really miserable for all of us. As a former EWO in Iraq fighting IEDs, I know how tough it is to protect against them and to prevent their use. I shudder to think about the number of people that could be hurt or killed by these relatively simple devices.

My hope is that we are able to stop them before they get started and barring that the public would provide us the tips we need to hunt the bad guys down. This is the same strategy that is currently working in Iraq. We find the weapons caches and use tips to hunt down the bad guys. Counter-IED technology is wonderful, but doesn't hold a candle to a helpful neighbor. I would hope that any homegrown knucklehead would be dimed out and caught before they could kill anyone.

This is a great country and regardless how we feel about the issues that divide us, we are still Americans and united we stand.

If you don't agree let me hear it.

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