Thursday, December 16, 2004

Today's Medal of Freedom Award Goes to...

Who else?....Donald Rumsfeld:
Stormin' Norm rips Rumsfeld

Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf said yesterday he was "angry" at Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's response to a soldier who complained he and his fellow grunts in Iraq lack sufficient armor plating...

After a soldier told Rumsfeld that he and his fellow servicemen must scrounge for metal to better fortify their Humvees, the secretary told him, "You go to war with the Army you have." That response didn't sit well with the former general.

"They deserve every bit of protection we can give them," Schwarzkopf scowled in an interview with "Hardball" host Chris Matthews on MSNBC. "I was very, very disappointed - let me put it stronger - I was angry by the words of the secretary of defense."

More than half of the more than 1,200 U.S. troops killed in Iraq have come from insurgent attacks on the vehicles...

"When he [Rumsfeld] laid it all on the Army, I mean, as if he as the secretary of defense didn't have anything to do with it, the Army was over there doing it themselves screwing up," Schwarzkopf said.

The neocons rage that this was all a set-up. Translation: 'support our troops' is eyewash. They don't care about the troops. They care that they got caught - again - in a total lack of leadership and mismanagement of this war. Interesting that today there is all of a sudden $4 billion now being spent to put armor on vehicles in Iraq.

One soldier saved a lot of lives, and it's money well spent - and long overdue. As reported this morning on an Air America interview, a badly wounded soldier told Rumsfeld 15 months ago from a hospital bed that soldiers were dying needlessly. His humvee was not armored.

One Medal of Freedom for Rumsfeld coming up.

Thanks to Buzzflash

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