You prick. You could've said, "Yeah, this sucks. We're trying." You could have said "We want to, but there was so much money, and we though we needed to cover X and Y and Z first." X, Y, and Z being reasonably higher-priority items. But no, he just blows the guy off. You cannot convince me that this guy, or his boss, actually cares about these grunts. This speech, and Shrub's appearance yesterday locally at Camp Pendleton, were anything more than show.
Let's not forget that a lot of these guys initially deployed last year with no fucking body armor, either. Parents were buying vests to send to their uniformed kids! Off eBay sometimes!