Morale: It’s Grrrrrreat!

How good is troop morale in the Army National Guard these days?

This good:

After delivering a pep talk designed to energize troops preparing to head for Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld got a little “talking to” himself from disgruntled soldiers…
Army Spc. Thomas Wilson, for example, of the 278th Regimental Combat Team that is comprised mainly of citizen soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard, asked Rumsfeld in a question-and-answer session why vehicle armor is still in short supply, nearly three years after the war in Iraq.
“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. 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, “You go to war with the Army you have,” not the one you might want, and that any rate the Army was pushing manufacturers of vehicle armor to produce it as fast as humanly possible.

Wow. I bet that answer really pepped those grunts up! That’s why Bush is keeping Rummy around for his second term, I bet — because one good nitwit deserves another.



December 8, 2004
10:31 am

As they said on the Daily Show last night–the secret to success in the Bush Administration is to fail, but fail catastrophically, so it would be an embarrassment dealing with questions of why someone wasn’t let go sooner when you do fire them.

Derbig Mooser

December 10, 2004
12:06 pm

When Americans comtemplate anything having to do with war, their minds immediately “short circuit” to movies or TV shows. Very few of us have any objective insights on the subject, and all of us have been bombarded with a life-long stream of minipulated information designed to produce a certain view. Those in the service may be subjected to even more insidious influences