AskWHYBlog: Carol Harvey In San Francisco

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

WHY UNARMORED COMBAT VEHICLES IN IRAQ?





On Wednesday, December 8, 2004, Specialist Thomas Wilson of Chattanooga, Tennessee stood in a group of U.S. soldiers in Kuwait and blindsided Donald Rumsfeld questioning why troops have to dig up scrap metal to protect unarmored combat vehicles from being blown up by enemy explosives planted on roads. This seemed an unprecedented rebuke from the military ranks to a Defense Secretary.

Rumsfeld’s response, a game of smoke and obfuscation, said everything.

“I don’t know what the facts are but somebody’s certainly going to sit down with him and find out what he knows that they may not know, and make sure he knows what they know that he may not know, and that’s a good thing. I think it’s a very constructive exchange,” Rumsfeld said of the questioner.

It a fit of similar incisive thinking, Rumsfeld also rationalized that both armored and unarmored vehicles were at risk. "It's interesting... you can have all the armour in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up."

First question: Have you ever heard any media reports that George W. Bush said something Presidential such as: “This is unforgivable. I expect --- No, I Command --- my Defense Secretary to correct this situation immediately."

Second Question: Did you ever wonder how much value George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld place on the lives of either American soldiers or the Iraqi people when they have subjected them both right from the start to a war launched without an end-game plan, and a slew of fatally sloppy incidents like this?

Third Question: Bush and Rumsfeld seem distracted. Since their attention appears to be focused elsewhere, what is the real agenda?

Carol Harvey in San Francisco – Sunday, December 12, 2004.