"Our troops go to war with the Army that our nation's leaders provide."
Could there be some political fallout from Rumsfeld's flippant response to a soldier's question about inadequate body armor? There could be, if more Democrats follow the lead of Chris Dodd. (background: The soldier complained about having to dig through landfills for scrap metal to reinforce his vehicle, to which Rumsfeld replied, "You go to war with the Army you have.")
- Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) has
written a letter to Rumsfeld calling his response "utterly
unacceptable" and saying that it is the government's responsibility to
provide safe equipment for soldiers in battle. He said, "Our troops go
to war with the Army that our nation's leaders provide."
- Military analysts say that the harsh questions to Rumsfeld are a sign of
growing frustration and dropping morale among the troops in the field
according to a report in the Kansas
City Star. This report also points out that the soldier who asked the
question, Spc. Thomas Wilson, voted for Bush in November.
- The Seattle-Post
Intelligencer applauds Wilson's question, saying he should be awarded a
medal for staring down Don Rumsfeld. They go on to criticize Rumsfeld for
championing the war-on-the-cheap approach that may lead to a
"battlefield victory against a far weaker adversary but has left our
forces unprepared and unequipped to maintain the peace."
has a report on the exchange and on the issue of armored vehicles.
- WVLT Channel 8 in Knoxville Tennessee, home of the unit Wilson belongs to (the 278th Regimental Combat Team), has some comments from a wife of another member of that unit. She considers Wilson's question to be legitimate even though he own husband wouldn't complain about lack of protection.
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