Bushington, D.C.(Dominion of Cheney) - Donald Rumsfeld said that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are excellent examples of U.S. military prowess, which will make other countries think twice before they make "mischief" around the world.
In response to questions concerning the breakdowns of military equipment and the constant attacks on U.S. troops, Rumsfeld said this will not affect the Pentagon's ability to deal with the threat of terrorism elsewhere. "Our military commanders have assured me", said Rumsfeld, "that the U.S. military is capable of performing."
Rumsfeld admitted that there were concerns about stress on military forces and the breakdown of equipment, such as helicopters, tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, etc. "The Pentagon has requested $12 billion for equip-ment repairs", said Rumsfeld, "from the fiscal emergency supplemental budget of 2005."
Rumsfeld also pointed out that there were positive results from the constant fighting in Iraq. "The war in Iraq has created "battle-hardened veterans" and their overthrow of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein has left no doubt", Rumsfeld said, "especially to our enemies, of American willingness to use force to stop the spread of terrorism."
Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Rumsfeld said that America has shown the world the capability of the U.S. military. "The world has seen America go into Afghanistan with 20,000 troops", said Rumsfeld, "and do what the Soviet Union could not do with 200,000 troops. That has to have a deterrent effect on people."
Asked about a possible military threat from China, Rumsfeld replied that there had been a major rethinking of U.S. military strategy. "Our plan would use our long-range weapons systems", said Rumsfeld, "with respect to China, and other circumstances that can change dramatically." Rumsfeld added that the U.S. recognizes the changes that are occuring in Asia, and what America could be facing in ten to twenty years, including today's threats.
When asked about the problem of roadside bombs, Rumsfeld, Via Gen. Myers said there is no solution to stop the bombing, which the military is working to defeat as quickly as Iraqi insurgents reinvent them. Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said Congress has created a new license to allow Rumsfeld to waive U.S. laws to speed the production of jammers and other battlefield equipment.