I didn't hear you address the Body Armor soldiers had to purchase themselves, after the DoD gave it all to the Iraqi Army? What say you there? Can't blame the media for that either. It happened, period.
I do agree with much of what you have said, I having even said in a previous post that Rumsfelds management style in lacking. However I believe you are mistaken on the body armor. You are right about soldiers purchasing there own. However what they are purchasing is some of the newer stuff, that is lighter weight, and more flexible, it is also stronger. That I do not dispute. However no soldier has gone without body armor. They have always had, and they have it now. Kelvalar Flack Jackets (Body Armor). Are you saying that the DOD has acquired the newer stuff, and has given it to the Iraqi Army when our troops don't have it yet? If so please post a link to the story, I would like to read it. If that is in fact true, I will be calling my congressman, and writing the Whitehouse because, if true, that is in fact BS
. I just don't believe its true.
As for the soldier that brought up the loaded question about Up-Armored Hummves, it is my understanding that his unit had 985 Hummves, at the time the question was asked, all but 20 had been Up-Armored. And within 24 hours the remaining 20 had been Up-Armored before they deployed into Iraq. So it was a non-issue for that soldier.
Like yourself, I spent time in the turrent of a M-1 Abrams MBT
. My MOS was 19K20. And you and I both know that when our units were equipped with them, they didn't equip the entire Army with them at the same time. That was a huge procurement program. We have a large Army, and no large Army in the world has all of its troops equipped with the latest and greatest at once. Typically Front Line Units get the newer stuff first, and they're older equipment is passed down to 2nd tier and reserve units. Every Army in the world operates that way, including ours. As for ANG Units you know that the equipment they have is bought by the state, not the DOD. And we have many Guard Units in the theater right now. That is a state budget problem, and a procurement issue. The manufacure of the Hummve Armor is not going to sell to the Tennessee National Guard, when they still have orders to fill for the U.S.Army.
Its a problem that transcends Rumsfeld, Bush, Clinton, and anyone else. It is the erosion of our manufacturing base in this country. I remember during Desert Storm, we ran short of Cruise missiles. Marten Marietta could not build them, as fast as they were being used. In WWII Ford Chrysler GM
, and any other manufacturer were taken over by the government to product armaments for the war effort. Hell they didn't build a car in this country from 1942-1946. Maybe they should do that again? It would solve the problem. I don't think the tax-payers would go for it though. People tend to forget about all that when they look back at how thing have gone, and are going. Its too easy to point the finger at a single person. Rumsfeld in this case.
But as I have said, if what you said is true, about the Iraqi's getting Body Armor before our people, please send a link. I will be right next to you raising hell about it.