Wednesday, December 08, 2004

So what does it TAKE?...

According to this article (and several others) Donald Rumsfeld was getting grilled by US soldiers - especially reservists - about having improper armoring on vehicles used in combat. And Mr. Rumsfeld had the audacity to say, "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."

Excuse me, Mr. Rumsfeld - but the ongoing US military budget is $400 BILLION - six and a half times the next largest government - exclusive of costs for Iraq and counter-terrorism. (Don't believe me? Check it out here.) How is it possible that after all these years of pouring money into the military, somehow we still don't have "the army you might want to go to war with"??

Mr. Rumsfeld, I have a sneaking suspicion that if it was your son, daughter, or grand-child whose life was on the line out there - or if one of the potential casualties was named Bush or Cheney - there'd be a whole lot more armor rolling around Iraq than there is. You may not think much of the men and women who are fighting Dubya's war for you - but those are our sisters, our brothers, our fathers and mothers, our church members... our beloved family and friends. It's bad enough that this administration has put them in harm's way - but sending them to war badly equipped is sending them to a senseless death. This stupidity is more irresponsible than anything any Democrat - even the former President from Arkansas - ever did. Your administration may claim to be concerned about "morals" - but there is nothing "moral" about this, whatsoever.

Don't mess with the safety of our loved ones. Find the money, find a way, and do it.

We're gettin' mad as hell, Mr. Rumsfeld. Be forewarned. Tell your boss.

"...the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame..."
- John McCutcheon, Christmas in the Trenches

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