<blockquote>The system for delivering badly needed gear to Marines in Iraq has failed to meet many urgent requests for equipment from troops in the field, according to an internal document obtained by The Associated Press. Of more than 100 requests from deployed Marine units between February 2006 and February 2007, less than 10 percent have been fulfilled, the document says. It blamed the bureaucracy and a "risk-averse" approach by acquisition officials. Among the items held up were a mine resistant vehicle and a hand-held laser system.- <a href=http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/marines_critical_gear&printer=1;_ylt=A0WTcUxalF5GRNcAlQ2WwvIE>AP</a></blockquote> It would seem to me that if this administration was was as interested in supporting the troops as it claims to be, they would waste no time in removing the bureaucratic hurdles in the procurement process. This is just another example of the lack of gravitas with which this administration has shown since the invasion of Iraq. Trying to wage war on the cheap, sending in fewer troops than commanders recommended (The ones recommending the more realistic troop numbers were shown the door}, the travesty at Walter Reed, the miserly increase in salary for our troops and an increase in the death benefit for their survivors, borrowing money to pay for the war rather than raising taxes, an now this. Yes, President Bush supports the troops.