Saturday, December 11, 2004

Rumsfeld and the army you've got

I just have to add a bit on Rumsfeld's comment that "You have to go to war with the army you've got, not the one you want", and why it makes me so angry. All the reasons people have already given are part of it. but in addition it is flatly and demonstrably untrue, and the smug claim by Rumsfeld that it is true, shows up his laziness and incompetence. This country was attacked in December of 1941. By June of 1944 we were well prepared to invade northern Europe and take out the Wehrmacht. We were not restricted to use "the army we had", instead, under circumstances much more difficult than Rumsfeld faces as Sec. Def., we built and equipped the army we wanted and needed in 31 months.

Even if we grant that this administration did not start thinking about invading Iraq until September of 2001, it has now been 39 months (8 months longer!!) and Rumsfeld is testy that people think he should have been able to get a few thousand armored Humvees produced in the same time that this country had earlier raised and equipped some 90 divisions. That degree of laziness and incompetence is astounding.

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