Hey! We’re busy running a war here…

The Pentagon has been too busy fulfilling the neocons dream of empire not winning and not losing the war in Iraq that, not only haven’t they provided the troops with what they need, they haven’t been able to shuffle enough paper to let the troops get reimbursed for what they have had to buy for themselves:

The Pentagon has not developed guidelines for allowing soldiers, their families and charities to be reimbursed for the cost of some combat equipment they bought for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite a new law that called for such a plan by February.

The law permits groups and individuals to make claims for up to $1,100 for certain purchases made from Sept. 11, 2001, to July 31, 2004. It required that the Department of Defense set rules and standards for the reimbursement program by Feb. 25, but that has not been done.

Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday urging compliance. “There should be no higher priority for our government than ensuring that American troops are well equipped,” Mr. Dodd wrote, adding that “the critical contributions of their families and communities” have sought to ensure the safety of those men and women.

A spokesman for the Pentagon said Mr. Rumsfeld would respond to Mr. Dodd after reviewing the letter.

Here’s an idea: more kevlar vests and fewer leashes

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