Wednesday, August 15, 2007
American Heritage has an interesting article about the role of Detroit wheels in 20th century American warfare. After celebrating the utilitarian superiority of the Willys Jeep, the article goes on to query whether the more tank-like armored Humvee (frequently up-armored by troops, welding on scrap metal in the field) has actually had a negative impact on the success of our warfighting in Iraq, by isolating the troops from the population -- like driving a limo through the ghetto, or experiencing a national park through the windows of an SUV.
Consider that, then witness the next generation IED-proof Suburban: MRAP. Captain Scarlet, call your office.