So Donald Rumsfeld faced some tougher questions than expected during his "pep talk" at Camp Buehring in Kuwait. One soldier, Army Spc. Thomas Wilson, took the opportunity to ask a, dare I say, Dickersonian question of the Secretary:
“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."You have to dig through the landfills," Rumsfeld replied, "because we're conducting an experiment in nation-building that has neither gone as planned nor was really planned for very well. Now we are trapped in an intractable ground war with an insurgency we created. Oh, and we're fighting it using a woefully understaffed, undersupplied fighting force we deployed on erroneous assumptions. We fucked up, Tommy. Now I must ask you to re-enlist."
Ha-ha. We kid, of course. Rumsfeld would never admit to anything like that. And they don't "ask" you to re-enlist anymore.
Troops put tough questions to Rumsfeld [AP/MSNBC]
Soldiers file class-action suit over extensions of Iraq duty [Star-Tribune]