WASHINGTON Army officials angrily defended the capability and competence of the service Thursday in response to criticism from a pair of House Democrats who said the fighting forces readiness is dangerously low.Remember, in his quest for political power, Jack Murtha is no stranger to the concept of gratuitously insulting the integrity of the military.
Outspoken war critic Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., on Wednesday again called for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for what they said was his failure to keep the military properly staffed and equipped.
They also released a 12-page report compiled from their staffs examination of Army reports and congressional information requests, which said funding shortfalls and poor planning have led to the very real prospect that Army readiness will continue to erode, undermining its ability to meet the theater commanders needs
But Army officials called the detailed report inaccurate and the conclusion of the congressmen off-base.
Todays Army is the highest quality Army this Nation has ever produced it has not gone south, according to a statement released in response to the report. To imply otherwise is an insult to the young men and women who have volunteered to protect our nations freedoms.
I am sure the voters of PA-12, 18 percent who are active and retired military voters (not to mention their families and friends), will remember that as well.