Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Donald Rumsefeld, A Warrior, A Man Among Men

Sometimes there's just not a lot going on (like yesterday) and then there's days like today where I sign on an immediately see something like this (via DKos):
Army Spc. Thomas Wilson of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, which is made up mainly of citizen soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard, asked Rumsfeld in a question-and-answer session why vehicle armor is still in short supply, nearly two years after the war started.

"Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?" Wilson asked. A big cheer arose from the approximately 2,300 soldiers in the cavernous hangar who assembled to see and hear the secretary of defense.

Rumsfeld hesitated and asked Wilson to repeat his question.

"We do not have proper armored vehicles to carry with us north," Wilson said after asking again.

Rumsfeld replied that, "You go to war with the Army you have," not the one you might want [...]

And, the defense chief added, armor is not always a savior in the kind of combat U.S. troops face in Iraq, where the insurgents' weapon of choice is the roadside bomb, or improvised explosive device that has killed and maimed hundreds, if not thousands, of American troops since the summer of 2003.

"You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up," Rumsfeld said.

Or basically, "Buck up, ya' pussy!"

They just gave Donald "I never saw a moment of combat in my life because of my multiple deferrments" Rumsfeld another four years of managing this fiasco. You'd think a sane and smart administration would turn the Sec. of Defense position over to someone who at least knew how to salute instead of just giving our troops the finger. However, Bush didn't run on a platform suggesting "sane and smart". They ran on a platform of "If we say 'X' is 'Y', we expect you to believe 'X' is 'Y' or we'll sic the Patriot Act on ya'".


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