Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Geez...the liberal media doesn't stop!

This may be a little late but hey, I've been busy.

It seems that Sec. Def. Don Rumsfeld is being scewered in the lib media again! This time they are trying to protray him as some uncaring buffoon. They are actually trying to make people believe he doesn't give a rats a%@ about our troops in country! Well, as usual the MSM has it wrong again. Here are the facts from International Online Defense Magazine.

"In May 2004 the US Senate approved US$618 million funding for the production of 300 M1114s (Up-Armored Humvees) per month from May through October, and 450 per month, from October 2004 till March 2006. $610 million were also allocated for armor kits for existing tactical vehicles. According to Major General John Sattler, Director of Operations for CENTCOM, the US Army initial assessments were that 1,000 up-armored Humvees will be sufficient for patrol, convoy protection and transportation in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, as opposition forces in both countries changed their ambush tactics and IED techniques, the numbers where updated, calling up for 2,500 more M-1114 up-armored Humvees. Currently, production of 2,000 more vehicles are on contract, and expected to be delivered in theater by December 2004, with approximately 4,500 up-armored humvees scheduled to be operational in the theater. In addition, 8,000 up-armored kits are on ordered and being installed to protect windshields and doors for additional vehicles, including trucked and soft skinned Humvees."

This issue was being dealt with sufficiently WELL BEFORE that so-called reporter planted that ambush question to the Sec. Def.

I guess since Ashcroft is gone, Rummy will have to be the lightning rod for the next 4 years. It's sad really...Rummy has done an excellent job with the situation he was thrown into. Why is nobody questioning why we have troop shortages in the first place? It couldn't be that the Clinton Administration slashed our active duty military by over 1/3rd in the 90's could it? Heavens no, this mess is all Bush's fault....the American left is just getting loonier every day. It's funny and sad at the same time, but mostly it's just frustrating as hell.

If you are here from BE I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Especially if you disagree...I'd love to see how you can argue with the facts given in the above article.


At December 20, 2004 at 8:38 PM, Blogger Editor said...

I am not a "liberal" in the sense that you use the word, although I often put way to much cream cheese on my bagel and often find myself way to "liberal" when deciding how much to tip the waitress. Truth is, I generally like the ole' crabapple Rummy.Who fears a nice warmaker anyway? That said,and while it is of no consequence to his abilities to make war effectively (what we want him to do), it was just plain dumb to rubber stamp letters to the parents and spouses of dead soldiers. Experience tells me that the best way to keep your critics off your back is to refrain from doing dumb things them fodder. It is a given that your enemies will blow it all out of proportion.That is their job, they ARE your enemies(or opponents,if you prefer to tone down the rhetoric). I would argue that for every minute that Rumsfield has to respond or deal in any way with the criticism of this "non-event" is a minute spent away from planning in defense of this nation. We can blame the media or the "liberal media" as it is put, but would it not make the most sense to remind Rummy that as he is preparing the next memo detailing his plans for "transforming the military" that he keep in mind that the ministerial aspects of his job do not diminish even as the monument of the task at hand increases.

At December 20, 2004 at 9:23 PM, Blogger theDuke said...


I agree, the "rubber stamp" deal was a non-event but it is in poor taste. However, in WWII the family of the dead service member merely recieved a Western Union telegram informing thier loved one had died in combat. Today, they not only get the letter from the Sec. Def but they are also visited by a member of thier loved ones military branch who will be thier contact person throughout the incredibly difficult process of burying thier loved one but also a military chaplain.

My overall complaint however, is that Rummy deserves a certain amount of slack. His only offense at that soldier townhall meeting was that he didn't have the facts which I provided in my original post about the amount of up-armored humvees being produced. The dig about the media is that they never played the entire answer Rummy gave. He wasn't cold hearted as the media tried to portray him.

At December 21, 2004 at 12:50 PM, Blogger Editor said...

Essentially, we are not in disagreement.

At December 27, 2004 at 4:14 PM, Blogger spydrz said...

I'm getting sick of the liberal media. That about sums up my opinion of it.


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