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If our troops in Afghanistan aren't supposed to use their weapons anyway...

then is it really a big deal if they don’t work? A jammed gun can’t shoot a civilian after all.

In the chaos of an early morning assault on a remote U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Erich Phillips’ M4 carbine quit firing as militant forces surrounded the base. The machine gun he grabbed after tossing the rifle aside didn’t work either.

When the battle in the small village of Wanat ended, nine U.S. soldiers lay dead and 27 more were wounded. A detailed study of the attack by a military historian found that weapons failed repeatedly at a “critical moment” during the firefight on July 13, 2008, putting the outnumbered American troops at risk of being overrun by nearly 200 insurgents.

I’m sure some of the 897 ‘journalists’ who wrote thousands of articles about Bush failed to have good humvees, good armor, etc. will be all over this reporting how Obama is shafting our troops.

UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, this article mentions the recent assault but is talking about one from 15 months ago, so that kind of messes up at least part of my comments above.