I'm surprised that this topic hasn't shown up on this august forum.
"60 Minutes" did a segment on an Oregon National Guard Unit that has had to operate without the necessary vehichal armor to defend against roadside bombs. At present they reinforce the sides of their Humvees with sheets of plywood with sandbags in between. They are in line to get the newer safer models but will probably not receive any until next March. The general in command admitted that the criticisms were true and said that improving the situation was beyond his capability.
It seems the folks in charge of the war were looking at a walk-over campaign and discounted the possibility that suicide bombers and other insurgents could upset their dreamy prognostications.
The reason for the lack of reinforced humvees, platoon level radios (the troops buy theirs from Radio Shack),spare parts for trucks ,helicopters and a lot of other wartime necessities is not because John Kerry voted against the appropriation. The appropriation was passed by both houses of Congress. A Republican run Congress. And the bill was happily signed by our wartime C in C, George Bush.
But the bill was full of pork that transfered billions from war fighting accounts to tree-snake eradication in Florida and similar world shaking imperatives.
Too bad the troops in the field didn't get to see this unhappy TV essay before they cast their absentee ballots. But then, they may already know the extent of the mess they've been thrown into.