The Albuquerque Tribune online has an interesting article about Donald Rumsfeld answering some questions from troops in Iraq. I guess he went to give a pep talk sorta thing.
During a question and answer session, Army Spc. Thomas Wilson brought up the fact that military vehicles are lacking armor:
“Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?”
Rummy asked him to repeat his question:
“We do not have proper armored vehicles to carry with us north.”
Rumsfeld’s response was bullshit and probably caused more harm to soldier morale. Pep talks are usually meant to boost morale, not degrade it.
Rummy’s reply was simply “You go to war with the Army you have, not the one you want.” And “You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can (still) be blown up.”
I can’t believe the Secretary of Defense would say something like this. It almost sounds like he doesn’t give a shit about the troops in Iraq. A person in his position should be more sensetive to topics like this. It’s very important for the soldiers and their families.
Here’s the full story: