Tuesday, March 13, 2007

US Army mine fields

When you are talking about the military, veterans medical services, and a war time scenario, the mine field jokes are not the best way to go.

But this government is, by far, more offensive.

If you have been watching the news you are aware of the Walter Reed Hospital troubles, bad conditions and treatment of recovering soldiers. The US Army Surgeon General just was driven out of service for his action -- inaction on these reprehensible conditions.

The US Army has a new surgeon general. Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock.

Things are not better.

From AMERICAblog:
More of the same from the new acting- Army Surgeon General, Gale Pollock, who is replacing Kevin "Urine Man" Kiley (why Urine Man? read this). Just last week, she blamed the media for the Walter Reed scandal - you see, it really isn't that bad at all. The Washington Post has Pollock's e-mail, written just FOUR DAYS ago, that blasts the Washington Post for covering the story of the poor treatment received by wounded soldiers. Now, she's in charge of caring for those same troops.

"I know everyone is extremely pained and angry about the media assaults on Walter Reed and our senior leaders," Pollock wrote in an e-mail obtained by The Washington Post. She added that she "articulated our displeasure at the misinformation about the quality of care" to a Post reporter after a congressional hearing last week but also acknowledged that she believes the stories could create momentum for changes that would better serve the Army.

She also wrote: "I know that your families and loved ones are affected by this event as well -- please reassure them that the media makes money on negative stories not by articulating the positive in life -- though that is something I will never understand."

Something we will never understand is how no one in the leadership of the Army, the Pentagon, or their commander in chief takes any responsibility for the care of our wounded and maimed soldiers. They still don't get it. Perhaps if the chairman of the Joint Chiefs spent less time worrying about how "immoral" gays are, and more time worrying about the war in Iraq and the well-being of his own troops, we wouldn't be in the grand mess we're in.

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