Monday, November 01, 2004

The Bush Administration is endangering, not supporting, our troops.

Why you're right:

1. The Bush Administration sent our troops into battle without the proper protection. The Pentagon and the administration did not anticipate a long war in Iraq, therefore they did not properly equip the soldiers. Today, only one-fifth of the Humvees in Iraq have adequate armor protection and the military is facing a shortage of 1.5 billion rounds of small-caliber bullets. Families have had to buy walkie-talkies, night vision goggles, body armor, GPS gear, etc. for their sons and daughters fighting in Iraq because the administration will not provide them. (Boston Globe, Washington Post, CBS)

2. The Bush Administration refuses to provide adequate health care to the National Guard. The Bush Administration opposed a plan to give the National Guard and Reserve members access to the Pentagon health care plan. The plan would have given $1.2 million Guard and Reserve members access to the plan, even when they are not serving active duty. 20% of National guardsmen lack health insurance and the Guard and Reserve now make up 40% of the troops in Iraq. (The Olympian)

3. Tax cuts are more important than funding the troops. The Bush Administration has carried out the first wartime tax cuts in history. Taxes are often raised during wartime to ensure enough funding to protect the troops. But, Republicans and this administration clearly aren’t thinking of the troops first: "Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes” (Tom Delay). (CBS, Congressional Record)

Why they're wrong:

Bush’s refusal to acknowledge the realities on the ground is reckless endangerment of our troops. By not planning for the possibility of a long war, Bush put soldiers in harm’s way without enough protection. To support our troops, Bush needs to do more than just praise their efforts; he must make sure they and their families are cared for.