Brad Messer Commentary KTSA Tuesday, October 19, 2004
A Quartermaster Platoon refused to convoy fuel in Iraq. Some soldiers said they were told they would have no protective escort. Their trucks were in poor shape. They needed vehicle armor and didn't have it.
Now we learn the top U.S. commander in Iraq had told the Pentagon last winter that supplies were short. Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez wrote that the shortages were having a negative effect on the troops' fighting ability. He said it was a severe lack of key parts for equipment vital to the Iraq mission.
You may want to make a lot of this. I'm waiting.
We have not been told whether supplies increased after that, whether distribution improved, whether the Pentagon and the administration corrected the problems.
This war has been going on a long time. One little outfit - only one - has complained about equipment and security and refused to perform a mission.
I'm waiting until investigators tell us a lot more about these situations. Then I'll know whether it's appropriate to blow my stack.
Brad Messer commentary KTSA.