. . . Friday December 10, 2004

Follow-up Questions

Does it matter that an embedded reporter from Chattanooga suggested to a soldier that he might want to ask Donald Rumsfeld a question about the lack of armor on military vehicles in Iraq?

I’m assuming that he did not also suggest that all of the other soldiers in the room start to cheer once the question was asked.

The fact that the asking of a basic and fairly tame question about our failures in Iraq could be viewed as controversial tells you everything you need to know about the tight lid that’s been kept on this war from day one.

Now that question has caused a ripple effect in the media. Today, the big story is that many of the transport vehicles being used in Iraq are not protected by armor.

Look, this is really a much broader issue. It’s about the failure of Rummy and the rest of the administration to fully understand the nature of the fight they led us into and a related failure to properly prepare for the very response that almost every expert outside of the Bush inner circle had predicted.

Let’s just use some common sense. What other strategy could the Saddam loyalists have employed other than hunkering down until after the major combat was over? None. That’s why the insurgency was so obvious to so many people with even a loose understanding of what we were in for.

Reacting to those massive errors in planning and judgment by telling a room full of soldiers that they can be blown to bits no matter what kind of vehicle they’re riding in just doesn’t cut it.

Concentration is important!