Friday, December 17, 2004

Inhofe says Clinton's cuts made Iraq mess

U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe said Thursday that cutbacks during the Clinton administration resulted in the lack of armor and other material faced by U.S. troops in Iraq.

"Eight years of Bill Clinton decimated the military to almost half of what it was in 1990," he said during a stop in Muskogee.

The Oklahoma Republican, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that in 1991, U.S. armed forces were armed with "a Reagan military," and had more funding and ordinance.

However under Clinton, projects were cut and "modernization stopped."

The Army and the Pentagon have come under sharp attack for the lack of armor on many of the Humvees, trucks and other vehicles U.S. troops use in Iraq. Insurgents using roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades have regularly targeted military vehicles, killing numerous U.S. troops.

Criticism intensified last week after a U.S. soldier complained publicly to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in Kuwait that troops had to scrounge in landfills for scrap metal to protect their vehicles.

Frankly, I am amazed it took this long for the Repugs to pin this one on Clinton. It seems we will have Slick Willie to kick around for another 4 years. Never let it be said that the Bush team doesn't understand cause and effect. If the effect is bad, it was caused by Clinton; if it is good, it was caused by Bush. Any questions?


Blogger RIposte said...

With Tom "Baby Doc" Coburn's election, Oklahoma is likely to have a lock on the daily double in the Fucktard Quote department for the next few years. If they get their competitive juices flowing, it should be a pretty entertaining show.

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