It is a rare day indeed when a neocon gets tough questions from someone who is actually required to put his or her ass on the line. That said, let’s see how Rummy performed.
Following a pep talk in Kuwait, Army Spc. Thomas Wilson asked: “Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles? We do not have proper armored vehicles to carry with us north?”
Rummy responded: “You go to war with the Army you have.”
Uh yeah. But dude, you’re in charge of the Army we have.
I don’t point to this story to make any broader point about Rumsfeld’s relationship with the rank and file (which I’ve heard is terrible). I point to it as an example that the very Rummyisms that seem so cute in a press conference in D.C. just don’t quite do the trick when someone is loading up the truck and heading into combat.