On Wednesday at Camp Buehring, a staging base in Kuwait for America1n troops entering and departing Iraq, three soldiers complained about equipment shortages and prolonged tours of duty in an unusually frank exchange between the troops and their civilian boss.
One soldier, Specialist Thomas Wilson, a scout with a
Tennessee National Guard unit, said his unit had been forced to dig through local landfills to find enough scrap metal to bolt on to their trucks for protection against roadside bombs in Iraq.
Another soldier from an
Idaho National Guard unit asked what Mr. Rumsfeld and the Army were doing to addresses shortages and outdated equipment that reservists were taking into Iraq.
Mr. Rumsfeld responded that the Army was sending armored vehicles to Iraq as fast as it could, but growing frustrated with the complaints, he then retorted: "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want."
You're wrong Rummy, YOU DON'T GO TO WAR UNLESS YOU'RE READY! These officials stand up and go on and on about how special the troops are and how we should support them. And yet they don't even give the guys what they need to fight their war. It is a travesty. Our guys promise to defend us at the cost of their own lives, and all they ask is that we give them what they need to get the job done.
No, fuck you Mr. Rumsfeld.