Verbatim: Dec. 20, 2004

"Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles?"

SPECIALIST THOMAS WILSON, of the Tennessee National Guard, to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in a town-hall meeting with soldiers at Camp Buehring in Kuwait; later, a reporter revealed he had prompted Wilson to ask the question

"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

RUMSFELD, in response to Wilson

"We are expressing confidence in the Secretary-General and in...

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