Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's "town hall" meeeting with our troops in Kuwait was most revealing.
According to the news service one soldier said:" A lot of us are getting ready to move north (to Iraq) relatively soon. Our vehicles are not armored. We're digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that's already been shot up, dropped, busted---picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles to take into combat." The report went on to point out that "The Military audience cheered."
Rumsfeld replied that "it isn't a matter of money"or "desire", that it was a matter of "physics ". Baloney! The root cause of the chaos costing so many American and Iraqi lives is a small group of men who's hubris has driven us to an unnecessary war and who's incompetent planning and ignorance of regional political, social and religious undercurrents continue to divert us from the real battle against terrorists.
What is really flabbergasting is Rumsfeld's response that "you can have all the armor in the world" and an "up-armored Humvee"...can "be blown up." In other words, since there is no ultimate protection in a war, lets not make a major case out of not having the best possible protection.
This from an administration that proclaims critics of the Iraq invasion are unpatriotic!