well, if one examines the issue for a little bit, one is compelled to answer, "on purpose" to both inquiries.
you just don't get to harlowton, montana by hopping into the mrap and going for a little drive. they are big, they are slow, they are not horribly comfortable, and they are notorious gas guzzlers. they are also prone to tipping over, and other accidents, as the armored hull lends them a very unstable platform. that's the nature of armor, ... , in iraq, more tank crews drowned at the start of the last war than were hurt in battle.
they are good at surviving explosions.
they are made to haul people. they are not made to haul freight. and, they have killed the very soldiers they are designed to protect by drowning them in canals and ditches when they have fallen into the water from collapsed roadways and bridges.
they seem incredibly unsuited for traversing rough and open ground. they are the military version of a pig on ice, to put it bluntly.
nope, the two armored cars showed up in montana, in a small little town far from anywhere, because someone intended that they be there.
for whatever reason, not readily discernible.
but, it is inescapable, that they are/were there on purpose.***
so, the next question is, why were they armed?
to the best of my knowledge open insurrection has not happened yet, and the army and other branches of the service are not under direct attack requiring the use of arms to repulse such attack. no tea party zealots have yet attacked the crews with small arms, nor swarmed them with molotov cocktail attack. no one has tried to interdict their considerable supply line needs. a group of them, for instance, would require a long train of gas & diesel tankers on a cross country journey. and, likewise, if under attack or the threat of attack or even the possibility of attack, they would require infantry and small arms support, and escort.
remember the pig on ice comment? they are a sort of mobile bomb shelter, and not much given to attack and maneuver, unless you consider rolling up to a drug bust or a domestic assault to be such.
and, again, to the best of my knowledge, no one as of yet has even done anything so low key as egging one as it has gone by, though if i get a chance, i most certainly will.
so, they got to montana on purpose.**** and, they got to montana festooned w/ armament and weaponry, on purpose.
and, in my view, they were almost certainly carrying a fairly large store of ammo.
in my considered opinion, they were in the wide open spaces of montana, in and about harlowton, to do what everybody who goes there on purpose does, and that is to shoot. friend russ, who wrote a comment to the earlier post, goes there to hunt prairie dogs, whose vast colonies devastate crop land and injure live stock who step into their burrows. seems a particularly stupid cow to do that, but, i guess they catch an occasional imprudent horse as well.
nope, they went to the wide open spaces to shoot their guns, and to learn how to shoot their guns. no other reason on earth for them to be there, when you think about it.
someone in the united states of america thinks it important a bunch of assholes learns how to shoot a forty mike mike, and a ma deuce heavy machine gun. a bit of overkill for a drug raid, i would think. "hey, jones, roll on over there, will you, and blast that apartment building into oblivion, will you."
nope, someone wants the bastards, surely no military, and surely not para military because they already know how to shoot the weapons, to know how to shoot the damned things.
well, who are they to be used against?
let me ask it again. just who in the fuck are they to be used against?
well, you. if you work up the temerity to join a crowd in protest of obama care, for instance, don't be surprise to see a mrap, e.g., armored personnel carrier, sort of amble up a couple three hundred yards down the pike, and some dip shit poking his head out the top and swinging the forty mike mike or the ma deuce into battery.
hey, don't you feel secure in your homeland?
john jay @ 10.15.2013
p.s. do you know what cops call a police car? well, in those situations when a cop gets caught in his car when he hasn't paid attention to his surrounding and his tactical shortcomings, they call his vehicle a coffin. with a wick. and, a nice view of those who come to kill him.
an armored car is a wonderful thing to kill defenseless people with.
it is a suicide trap without infantry support when attacked at close quarters.
it is just like a tank, oddly enough. same strengths, same weaknesses. it needs "stand off" to be formidable, in other words, in requires distance from which to deal its death blows. but, in an urban environment, is it nothing more than a coffin with pin ups and curtains to make the scene of ones demise comfy, and homey. an incinerator, with a shitty view.
ask the russians.
they know something about crowd control in chechnya.
and, if you are one of the sorry bastards who is thinking about driving one of the things in the employ of mr. obama, you best put your sorry butt to thinking about it in these terms as well, before you put your sorry butt in one. because if you think you are safe in one, you haven't considered poking your head out the top of one, nor in the ride to and from work.
people do know these things. they just do.
*** by the way, the nearest rail link to harlowton, montana is in helena, a distance away. from helena the armored cars would have been trucked, probably at night, from rail yards in helena to harlowton. you just don't take those damned things down the freeway at 65 miles an hour.
what, you pull into the truck stop, and get the tires inflated, the windows washed, and all the diesel in the place? stop for a burger at dairy queen? get a shake and fries?
no, you don't get to harlowton by accident. you get there on purpose, for a specific purpose. and, that is all there is to that.