Rumsfeld takes our troops for Dummies.

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When questioned by an Army specialist about why our troops are being observed searching through Iraqi dumps for armor for their vehicles, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said "you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want". That is an outrageous statement under the circumstances. If Iraq had attacked American soil or one of our allies, or posed an imminent threat which Bush denies he ever claimed, then a nation must go to war with the Army it has. But, this was an entirely elective war. Pres. Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld decided on the date to invade and they chose to invade before our troops and equipment were ready.

It is clear we did not have enough troops for the job. It is clear the Bush administration failed to plan well for the insurgency, infrastructure rebuilding, and apparently had no plan in place initially to win over the hearts and minds of the people. In all, the Iraq war was very poorly timed; our troops were not adequately supplied. It is also obvious that someone in the Administration authoritatively decided Iraq would not be like Viet Nam and thus threw out the window all the lessons learned from Viet Nam, like how important it is to win over the hearts and minds of the people, and how overwhelming force is required in guerilla warfare to be successful.

For Rumsfeld to make such an asinine statement as he did, reflects that he still has not learned the vitally important lessons Viet Nam taught, and which Iraq should have taught. That spells extreme danger for America, when the Secretary Of Defense is not able to learn from experience, failing to learn from experience costs American soldiers lives. And this administration is responsible for quite a few. The troops loudly applauded the specialist who asked that embarrassing question, and I am very proud of our troops on this day. Rumsfeld should be fired !!!

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This page contains a single entry by David R. Remer published on December 8, 2004 4:56 PM.

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