Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

12/16/2004

Dayton On the War Path

Dayton wants inquiry into armor
December 16, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Mark Dayton urged President Bush Wednesday to order an investigation into the government's failure to provide enough armored vehicles for soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In a conference call with reporters, the Minnesota Democrat called the failure "outrageous and indefensible" and said Bush should ask everyone responsible to resign.

Dayton said he is upset by recent reports that makers of the armored vehicles and armor kits had the capacity to produce more armament upgrades but hadn't received orders to do so.
"Those disclosures directly contradict everything that I and my colleagues have been told repeatedly by service branch and Department of Defense representatives during the last year," he said.

Dayton made the request to the president in a letter that he released to the public on Wednesday.

Taylor Gross, a White House spokesman, said, "As the president has said, we are fully committed to ensuring that our armed forces have all the equipment they need to be successful in the war on terrorism."

Gross declined to comment specifically on Dayton's request.

Calls to the Department of Defense were not returned.

Let me get this straight: we should ask everyone responsible for procuring armor during a land war to resign? Calls to Senator Dayton's judgment were not returned.

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