US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel. [...]That shouldn't aggravate matters at all.
Estimating how many bullets US forces have expended for every insurgent killed is not a simple or precisely scientific matter. The former head of US forces in Iraq, General Tommy Franks, famously claimed that his forces "don't do body counts". [...]Can you blame him? That would just be so time-consuming!
John Pike, director of the Washington military research group GlobalSecurity.org:
"If they don't do body counts, how can I? But using these figures it works out at around 300,000 bullets per insurgent. Let's round that down to 250,000 so that we are underestimating."
Waste not, want not. But why quibble over numbers? It's not like all that ammo is being used for--what's the word? Oh yeah--killing.
Pointing out that officials say many of these bullets have been used for training purposes, he said: "What are you training for? To kill insurgents."
Insurgents: That's Bushese for anyone who doesn't make his gang of thugs richer.