You go to war with the army you have, not the army you want, Donald Rumsfeld famously told the nation and its military. It was his response to a soldier's question that begged an answer to why U.S. personnel had to scour scrapheaps in Iraq to add stopping power for the roadside bombs killing our troops in growing numbers. In response, even right-wingers who support the war called for more armor-plating for military vehicles. True realists, those Bush fellas. Especially when the President makes a short helicopter trip. Not one of the glorious 1,400, he. Nope. His uparmoring needs have brought a $6.1 billion Federal contract with Lockheed Martin for a fleet of 23 - yes, 23 - new copters for the Presidential needs, all with state-of-the-art armor and technology. In announcing the deal (which features a cross-Atlantic Italian-British partnershop to reward our allies) John Young, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, remarked that the U.S. "needs a more survivable helicopter while the nation engages in the global war on terrorism." Not a shred of irony made it into the press releases and flashy photo essays about Marine One, of course. Pathetically, in the halls of Congress, the contract was not seen as bitter gob of spittle lobbed at our fighting sons and daughters - but as an intramural match between Democrats! Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer (Lockheed Martin in Oswego) bested Joe Lieberman (Sikorsky in Connecticut). These Dems should hang their heads in shame. True, the head of state needs protection from mortal threats. But does no one see the biting and brutal hypocrisy in a new fleet of two dozen of the best-armored vehicles in the world for a single man - the very man who sends Americans to die?