CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - In a rare public airing of grievances, disgruntled soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday about long deployments and a lack of armored vehicles and other equipment…Spc. Thomas Wilson had asked the defense secretary, “Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles?” Shouts of approval and applause arose from the estimated 2,300 soldiers who had assembled to see Rumsfeld.
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Wilson raised a very valid question. Unfortunately, Rumsfeld, not surprisingly, didn’t have a very good answer. I think that the US government has an obligation to ensure that troops sent to foreign lands be given adequate armament to ensure that they can, possibly, minimize the danger they are facing on a minute to minute basis. Sadly, the lives of troops sent to Iraq has never been a very important issue for Mr. Bush and his inner circle.
Now, troops are speaking out for all us folks lucky enough not to be send to Iraq to see what is really happening there. Will things now start to change. Not likely but it is good to hear directly from the troops there what they think of things in Iraq. To Mr. Wilson I say :bravo: