To U.S. troops: finally all the body and vehicular armor they were promised to carry out their missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.Lokeman's statement is simply moronic. Does she think Obama will open the secret warehouse where Bush/Cheney have hidden the body armor from the troops? Most people would have trouble making up a statement so devoid of reality. But it comes easily for Lokeman and others who swing from the hip without having to bother with facts. Indeed, Lokeman had no grasp of the pertinent facts and Weaver knew it. His letter:
I generally enjoy reading syndicated columnist Rhonda Chriss Lokeman because I can always use her writing to point out to my students how the use of fallacy weakens an argument...
Ms. Lokeman is plain wrong. The facts are, the U.S. military has had the best armor available for the last several years. Through expedited development, testing, procurement and fielding (flying vehicles on aircraft versus using slower and less expensive sealift), the MRAP (mine-resistant ambush-protected) vehicle was in the hands of soldiers and Marines in record time.
The results of such efforts — a significant reduction in casualties. Through Rapid Equipment Fielding and Rapid Fielding Initiative, the Army identifies unit and individual requirements to meet capability gaps, procuring and issuing life-saving equipment in record time. Other services have equally successful rapid procurement programs.
I invite Ms. Lokeman to meet my students at Fort Leavenworth. Perhaps the facts, from those who use the equipment, will change her opinion.
Michael E. Weaver
Assistant professor, Combined Arms Center, U.S.
Army Command & General Staff College
Good for assistant Professor Weaver. The facts are on his side. The facts may not be on Rhonda Lokeman's side, but her husband, KC Star publisher Mark Ziemen, is. Which means nepotism, not facts, have the upper hand at the KC Star.
- Rhonda Chriss Lokeman blasts critics, denies nepotism is an issue
- Isn't it time for publisher Mark Zieman to end the "sweetheart deal" the Kansas City Star has with his wife, Rhonda Chriss Lokeman?