We all know and love Spc. Wilson of the Tennessee National Guard’s 278 RCT. He’s the one who asked Rummy about Humvee armor.
One day after he asked the question that launched a thousand news reports, EVERY SINGLE HUMVEE IN THE UNIT WAS ARMORED.
Squeaky wheel gets the grease, right?
In fact, when Spc. Wilson asked his question, 810 of the 830 vehicles in the unit had already received armor, and the last 20 had already been scheduled to received theirs the next day.
While this doesn’t excuse what MO sees as a overly-slow reaction to armor needs by the military, I’m waiting to see this breathlessly reported by all of those who jumped all over Rummy and the DoD and George Bush and anyone who foolishly supports the quagmire in Iraq.
Maybe, despite the fact that things could have maybe been better and/or quicker, there IS a plan and that plan is being implemented. Maybe.
Go read One Hand Clapping (at the link above) for a lot more good stuff on this subject.
I can’t wait to see the sensationalist stories covering the fact that Wilson’s unit was already getting exactly what he asked for long before he asked for it (at a reporter’s suggestion).