Troops Put Tough Questions to Rumsfeld
Army Spc. Thomas Wilson, for example, of the 278th Regimental Combat Team that is comprised 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 three years after the war in Iraq.
"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 that any rate the Army was pushing manufacturers of vehicle armor to produce it as fast as humanly possible. LINK
The AP just changed that headline to:
U.S. Soldiers Air Grievances to Rumsfeld
The worst part of Rumsfeld's despicable display?
He was lying!
Rumsfeld and friends lie and mislead on vehicle armor
Wed Dec 8th, 2004 at 15:31:13 PST
From CNN (And I'm not even discussing the part where that shameless failure Rumsfeld tried to play down the importance of the armor. Bastard!!!):
Rumsfeld replied that, "You go to war with the Army you have," not the one you might want, and that any rate the Army was pushing manufacturers of vehicle armor to produce it as fast as humanly possible.
Oh really, Mr. Secretary? Well, that's pretty strange because seven months ago, standing next to Rumsfeld, General Myers said we only needed six more months to get everything done that needed to be done. LINK