This is just plain wrong -- it seems that there's not enough rifles to go around because we're using armored tank battalions for hand-to-hand combat.
This boils down to one of two things: either a) we are not properly equiping the soldiers that are over there, or b) we're sending the wrong set of soldiers to do the job that's needed. If it's a, then we're sending soldiers over to stand in front of bullets without guns -- and that's one of the most sickening things I can think of anyone doing. And if it's b, then we either need to send the right set of troops or properly equip the wrong set and make do.
If we're going to send them, let's send them WITH RIFLES. So they can DEFEND THEMSELVES.