Thursday, December 09, 2004

Does Rumsfeld "Support our Troops"?

As reported today, Donald Rumsfeld faced tough questioning from American soldiers in Kuwait regarding both the question of adequate armor for protection and the back-door draft.

One soldier questioned, "Now why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles? And why don't we have those resources readily available to us"

The Secretary had to ask the soldier to repeat the question.

He responded, "A lot of us are getting ready to move north (into Iraq) relatively soon. Our vehicles are not armored. We're digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that's already been shot up, dropped, busted -- picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles to take into combat."

"We do not have proper armament vehicles to carry with us north

Rumsfeld admitted there wasn't adequate armor protection for the soldiers but stated, "As you know, you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

"If you think about it, you can have all the armor in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up. And you can have an up-armored Humvee and it can be blown up

During the Vice-Presidential debate between John Edwards and Dick Cheney, the question of armor did come up. As reported by Fox News, John Edwards asserted, "They sent 40,000 American troops into Iraq without the body armor they needed"

Fox quotes Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs who stated "every soldier and Marine on the ground over had body armor."

America's soldiers need John Kerry for President. He watched his buddies backs then and he would watch all of the soldiers now. It is not enough to rush into combat into a pre-emptive war and say, 'you go to war with the Army you have' and not wait until you have the Army you need! John Kerry you are going to have to pull all of those soldiers out of the water now!



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