Via the Washington Times
website's UPI Hears ...
page of May 26 there is a report from anonymous sources that the Defense Department has ordered 19,000 Chrysler minivans and 5,000 Pacifica pseudo-SUVs to be used instead of Humvees in Iraq and other places.
Keep in mind that UPI [United Press International], like the Washington Times
, is a Reverend Moon franchise and not always meticulous about fact checking. I really hope this story is bogus.
This is stupid enough to be true. These Chrysler products will be cheaper to buy and operate than the GM Humvees, although they have a protection rating on a par with a denim work shirt.
According to the story, the Pentagon is worried about the cost of fuel to operate the Humvees! Hey, Don, liberals forced auto manufacturers to put the fuel economy on the window. You could have called Arnold, he would have told you about the lack of fuel economy. Fuel economy standards might have been better if your guys hadn't been fighting tightening the requirements for years. Aren't you supposed to be providing the troops with better armored vehicles?