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Radio Shack Warriors

05/17/2005 03:04 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Check this out from Sgt. Greg Papadatos, of the "Fighting 69th" Infantry Regiment. He and his guys are using Radio Controlled cars to detonate IEDs in Iraq.

"A young private in that platoon has one of those radio-controlled toy cars. When they find unidentifiable debris in the road, E.S.(he) sends out his little RC car and rams it. If it's light enough to be moved or knocked over, it's too light to be a bomb, so we can approach it and get rid of it. If it's heavy, we call EOD. At night, they duct tape a flashlight to the car.

The military actually has robots that it uses for such things, but they are larger, slower, higher-tech, and frightfully expensive. Only EOD units have them, and you could wait for hours and hours before they show up with their robot. If 200 units read about this idea, and 50 units actually buy a toy RC car, and it saves just one single life, it would all be worth it.

Read more here.

Buying a fleet of these RC cars would surely be a better use of tax payer dollars than giving Halliburton another bonus.

Sgt. Papadatos is really using his brain over there to come up with creative solutions to his problems.

It would be nice if we could get the geniuses in DC to do the same thing, and stop bitching about Terri Schiavo and other ridiculous shit.