Rumsfeld Takes on the troops.Rumsfeld takes on the troops in an open question and answer session.
In a rare public airing of grievances, disgruntled soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday about long deployments and a lack of armored vehicles and other equipment.
"You go to war with the Army you have," Rumsfeld replied, "not the Army you might want or wish to have."
Spc. Thomas Wilson had asked the defense secretary, "Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles?" Shouts of approval and applause arose from the estimated 2,300 soldiers who had assembled to see Rumsfeld.
I think its pretty gutsy of Rumsfeld to be a part of such open communications, and take on such questions. Perhaps Rumsfeld should be given a little slack because of the spontaneity of such a question, but his answer is awful! We've been in Iraq for 2 years, If the existing companies can't build armor perhaps we should using companies other company's. We are at war dammit and we need a government and industry willing to do what needs to be done. We have a workforce and the entrepreneurs willing to do the job. Therefore we must assume the government isn't willing to parse out the contracts.