Visit with Donald Rumsfeld
Here's a quote from today's Boston Globe article titled:
'Soldiers headed to Iraq grill Rumsfeld'
In one particularly pointed exchange, Army Specialist Thomas Wilson of the Tennessee Army National Guard demanded to know why his units' Humvees do not have adequate armor.
''We're digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that's already been shot up, dropped, busted, picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles to take into combat," Wilson said, drawing applause and shouts of approval from his fellow soldiers. ''Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles?"
Rumsfeld responded that the lack of armor is a ''matter of physics," explaining that armored Humvees are being produced as fast as they can. ''It's a matter of production and capability of doing it," he said.
There was a good comment that I have not seen mentioned in any of the news reports. Regarding the up-armored HMMWVs, Rumsfeld mentioned that last week when there was a threat at the White House(may have been the capital), six up-armored HMMWVs pulled up with the response team. Rumsfeld said he noticed the HMMWVs when he looked out the window. The HMMWVs are no longer in the states...