So Rumsfield meets with some soldiers, who want to know why they aren’t getting the tools they need to fight the war in Iraq, and his reply? “Just tough it out, guys.” “Thems the breaks, guys.” “Do the best you can with what you got, guys.” Oh, and my favorite: “Don’t listen to those whiners who say you can’t win. I say you can!”
“Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?" Wilson asked [Rumsfield}. A big cheer arose from the approximately 2,300 soldiers in the cavernous hangar who assembled to see and hear the secretary of defense.
Rumsfeld replied that troops should make the best of the conditions they face.
Rumsfeld stressed that soldiers who are heading to Iraq should not believe those who say the insurgents cannot be defeated or who otherwise doubt the will of the military to win.
"They say we can't prevail. I see that violence and say we must win," Rumsfeld said.
Who’s that we, Rummy? Oh, were you planning to get in that tank with the insufficient armor? Sorry, I must have missed that press conference.
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