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Iraq / Vehicle Armor / Hassoun #773578

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 09, 2004
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The shortage of armored vehicles in Iraq examined in light of a soldier’s question to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; armor animation shown. [Yesterday, Army Spc. Thomas WILSON††- asks why the soldiers have to dig through landfills to up-armor the vehicles.] [Yesterday, RUMSFELD – says you go to war with the army you have.] [President BUSH – says the concerns are being addressed.] [Senator Jack REED†- says this issue is another example of poor planning.] [In Kuwait, Lt. Gen. Steven WHITCOMB†- says we don’t normally throw things we can use into landfills.] The claim of a newspaper reporter that he helped Wilson craft his question noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Cocoa Beach, Florida: Tom Costello) The preparedness of today’s army compared to the mobilization of World War II examined. [Presidential historian Douglas BRINKLEY†- notes President Franklin Roosevelt’s belief in arming troops properly.] [US Army retired Col. Ken ALLARD†- says we did not anticipate having enough vehicles.] [Protective Products International Mark SMITH†- comments on his offer to the Pentagon to help supply the military with armor.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) Charges against Marine Cpl. Wassef Hassoun† for desertion from his unit in Iraq featured; details recalled of Hassoun’s tale of being taken hostage. [July 19, HASSOUN – thanks people for prayers & support.]

Williams, Brian;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Costello, Tom;
Williams, Pete

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