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Why hasn't the Bush administration replaced those thin-skinned Humvees in Iraq with some of the thousands of armored personnel carriers that we have sitting here in the parking lots of our Reserve and National Guard units?

Humvees and armored personnel carriers were built for different missions, said Joy Moser, spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General's Office, which oversees the Kansas National Guard.

Moser said she couldn't speak for the Bush administration, but she noted that Humvees replaced the Jeep in the military services. Humvees are utility vehicles and smaller than armored vehicles such as Bradley fighting vehicles or the older M113s, which were designed to carry troops into combat. Big armored carriers don't always maneuver well in cities like Humvees do.

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