Soldiers need Silly String

While we marvel at the resourcefulness and diligence of a military mom in organizing the effort to get Silly String to the troops in Iraq, we also wonder why the Pentagon hasn't made the product standard issue for patrolling soldiers.

After Marcelle Shriver's son, who is stationed in Iraq, told her that Silly String could help save lives over there, she has collected and stockpiled donated cans of the novelty item, and has found a company willing to ship the aerosol cans, which are classified as hazardous materials. Donations from around the nation have helped her stockpile 80,000 cans.

Silly String has long been a handy item for soldiers in combat. It is light enough to hang on, but not activate, tripwires that are practically invisible to the naked eye. Soldiers spray it ahead of them before entering a potentially dangerous area.

We, of course, salute Mrs. Shriver and all those who donated to this project. But why hasn't the Pentagon supplied troops with Silly String?

Maybe, since the Pentagon failed to adequately supply troops with upgraded body armor or reinforced Humvees, we shouldn't be surprised that civilians have had to step up to provide the Silly String.


Why hasn't the Pentagon set up a program to provide troops with Silly String?