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Dems Want Answers From Rumsfeld On Armor (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Dec, 18 2004 @ 02:10 PM
The Bush administration has gotten the required funding from Congress for all it’s defense spending. Still 3,500 Humvees are without protective armor and 44,00 soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are fighting with less than adequate body armor Sen. Dick Durbin had said. The incoming deputy leader of Senate Democrats demanded answers from Rumsfeld. The Pentagon had said it is a matter of logistics, Durbin said “No it’s not It’s a matter of leadership.” There is an increasing number of Republicans joining the Democrats in criticizing the lack of armor, as well as other aspects of Rumsfeld’s conduct of this war. Secretary Rumsfeld did however draw support from the Senate’s two top GOP officials on Friday.
Dems Want Answers From Rumsfeld On Armor
By MAURA KELLY LANNAN, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO - The incoming deputy leader of Senate Democrats demanded answers Saturday from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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As to why U.S. soldiers in Iraq (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites) lack protective equipment for themselves and their vehiclesWe can, and we should, armor every Humvee and every truck our troops use in Iraq and Afghanistan," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said in his party's weekly radio address. "No more excuses, no more delays. We can save hundreds of lives and prevent thousands of serious injuries." Congress has given the Bush administration all the defense spending it has requested, yet there are still 3,500 Humvees without protective armor and about 44,000 soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan without adequate body armor, Durbin said.

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What gets me is that the American administration spends billions on all kinds of things but when it comes to the guy on the ground they get next to nothing and that goes for there families as well if all these soldiers decided to stop every thing they where doing where ever they are I think that all this substandard issues would be fixed right quick.

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[edit on 18/12/2004 by Sauron]


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