Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Rumsfeld to Enlisted Guy: "Armor? You Don't Need No Stinkin' Armor!"

Earlier today in Iraq, an Army enlisted man had the balls to stand up in a packed hangar and directly confront Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about the lack of armor on the vehicles that he & his comrades had to use:

"Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?" Spc. Thomas 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.

Rummy's answer was essentially that they could still get killed, no matter how much armor they have on their vehicles. And this: "You go to war with the Army you have."

Next question.

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