5,524. 12/15/2003

“The top American commander in Iraq, General Ricardo Sanchez, warned the Pentagon in December 2003 that he was so short of spare parts for tanks, helicopters, and Bradley fighting vehicles that ‘I cannot continue to support sustained combat operations with rates this low.’ He even complained of repeated delays in getting his soldiers protective inserts to upgrade 36,000 sets of body armor.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Larry Diamond, Squandered Victory, Pages 288-289

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