Thursday, December 16, 2004

Testy, Testy, and Testimony

Powerline (and now SwanBlog) reader Drew Lanz writes:

I found this interesting:

1. Mark Dayton is unhappy because our troops do not _now_ have sufficient equipment.

2. On May 7th before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mark Dayton chided Rumsfeld that the additional equipment headed for Iraq would"escalate the level of violence, the opposition of Iraqis, intensify the hatred across the Arab world to the United States".

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When you click on the May 7, 2004 Washington Post link above, scroll down to near the bottom for the quote. In the hearing, Dayton is complaining about increasing the number of troops and tanks. Now, in Senator Dayton's defense, he might favor vehicles that look like trucks, but are armored like tanks, thus avoiding the hatred generated by the M1A1. Either that or he is using any opportunity to criticize the administration, irrespective of consistency and logic.

Time ran out on the committee hearing before Rumsfeld could answer Dayton's charges, but Rumsfeld was given the opportunity to submit comments for the record. It would be interesting to see what the answer was.

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