Is that a shrub in your pocket...
Wednesday, December 08, 2004Rumsfeld to Troops: "Quit yer bitchin'" In an apparent attempt to improve morale, Donald Rumsfeld appeared before a group a soldiers in Kuwait, as they prepared to be thrown to the... er, I mean, to serve our glorious leader. And, really, what could be more uplifting than a visit from Uncle Don, who took the opportunity to answer a few questions. "Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmour our vehicles?" Army Spc Thomas Wilson asked.
Mr Rumsfeld paused, before asking him to repeat the question.
Spc Wilson did so, adding, "we do not have proper armoured vehicles to carry with us"."You go to war with the army you have," Mr Rumsfeld replied. Mr. Rumsfeld would know, of course, having been a flight instructor from 1954 - 57. He no doubt heard stories from other pilots who had actually been to a war. Besides, he continued, "You can have all the armour in the world on a tank and it can [still] be blown up." Well, fuck it then. Why bother with the damn armor to begin with, then. Rummy denied the charge from another soldier that active-duty troops were prioritised above Reserve and National Guard soldiers to receive the best military equipment.
Another soldier asked how long the army would continue to use its "stop-loss policy" to extend tours of duty (currently estimated to be keeping some 7,000 soldiers in Iraq beyond their expected return date).
Mr Rumsfeld said this was simply tough shit for soldiers at time of war.
"It's basically a sound principle, it's nothing new, it's been well understood" by soldiers.Hell, just ask dubya. He damn near had to serve his entire Texas guard duty in Texas (other than that missing year or so in Alabama, and of course getting out early to go to school at Harvard - after the U. of Texas law school told him to go take a hike) .