In General David Petraeus’ last public hearing before the Armed Services Committee in January, Hillary asked the top military commander in Iraq to request whatever funding was necessary to keep U.S. troops safe: “[Hillary] urged Petraeus to ask Congress for all resources necessary to provide the troops with adequate equipment,” wrote Roxana Tiron in The Hill last January.
According to the Republican National Committee, Hillary asked Gen. Petraeus to request “every possible piece of equipment and resource necessary to protect” U.S. Troops.
Said Hillary at the time:
“So the one thing that I would ask the General is — please do everything you can to get additional security. The Humvees are turning into death traps, as we see the sophistication of the IEDs [improvised explosive devices]. We don’t have enough of the mine protection vehicles and we haven’t even ordered enough and we haven’t put them into the theater. If we’re going to put these soldiers and marines into these very exposed positions, which this strategy calls for, please come to us; ask for whatever you need to try to provide maximum protection.
“… [L]et’s make sure we have every possible piece of equipment and resource necessary to protect these young men and women …”
Gen. Petraeus replied: “I’ll do that, Senator,” according to testimony recorded by the Committee On The Armed Services, U.S. Senate on Jan. 7, 2007.
In March, Gen. Petraeus warned that a delay in emergency spending funds would have an adverse impact on his mission, saying: “If those resources are not forthcoming, then obviously, it would have an impact on us.” (PBS’ “The News Hour,” 3/4/07)
Incredibly, in May, Hillary voted against providing funding for the same critical equipment she cited in the January hearing, voting against providing funds for the troops contained in the Iraq Emergency Spending Bill. (H.R. 2206, CQ Vote #181: Passed 80-14: R 42-3; D 37-10; I 1-1, 5/24/07, Clinton Voted Nay)
The Iraq Emergency Spending Bill that Hillary voted AGAINST provided for:
$1.6 billion For body armor;
$2.4 billion to help combat IEDs;
$3 billion For mine resistant vehicles.
(House And Senate Committees On Appropriations, “Summary Of The Fiscal 2007 Supplemental Funding Legislation, Press Release, 5/24/07)