Bush’s Defense Dept. sending only half the armored vehicles promised for in Iraq

Because in Bush world, “support the troops” doesn’t mean actually giving the troops the support they need. From Reuters:

U.S. troops in Iraq will receive at least 1,000 fewer special armored vehicles than expected this year due to the amount of time needed for shipment, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said the Defense Department expected defense contractors to produce 3,900 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles this year. But only 1,500 would make it to the war zone — down from the Pentagon’s previous shipment target of 2,500 to 3,000.

“If we could get 1,500 to theater by the end of this year, that would be a positive development,” Morrell said.

The new goal of 1,500 was first reported by Stars & Stripes, the newspaper for troops overseas that is partially funded by the Defense Department.


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