Thursday, March 01, 2007

A Flicker Of Accountability....

We can debate the extent to which officials higher in the military and civilian chain of command are to blame for the problems at Walter Reed. But would this have happened if Rumsfeld was still in charge?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Army hospitals on U.S. soil have been chambers of mal/non treatment since, at least, the '60s. There was a saying: if you were in the army (this was draft time), you'd better only get sick if you were stationed overseas. Otherwise, you might not live through it.
judyo

3/01/2007 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

effing politicians better look after the injured and infirm and be sent the bill for it... secretary of state who has said that money spent and lives lost in iraq are worth it (she's so far 'up the chain of command' and has memory problems) ought to be sacked...people who say such things are not qualified to discuss questions of the value of life and death of soldiers...no person is...

3/02/2007 12:55 AM  
Blogger WOOF said...

"a captain, two noncommissioned officers, and an enlisted soldier involved in outpatient treatment are being reassigned."

That ends the round up of culprits.

3/02/2007 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

When I was a teen, we'd tune in to Monty Python's Flying Circus for another dose of ridiculousness and absurdity. I never imagined then that I'd grow up to live in that world. If it weren't so grim and tragic I'd be laughing my ass off.

Perhaps Terry Gilliam saw more clearly the potential for the incompetence and cruelty of modern 'leadership' when he went on to make 'Brazil' but again, watching that in the context of a film gives one a comfortable distance.

Most disturbing is the realization that unless something happens, and soon, to change course these dark visions will metastasize and we'll become acclimated and inured to their existance and weight on our collective conscience.

I believe that if Cheney's 'diplomatic' tour achieves its (unstated) goal of fomenting a supporting coalition for striking Iran (as I believe it Cheney's mission to be), and that strike ensues, the economic shocks and social upheaval will require and ever firmer hand on the part of Governments. The die for an American Totalitarian state will be cast.

3/02/2007 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have to begin to realize and internalize that this is an administration that sees the population divided between royalty and peasants. The folks in the army are peasants, not people, like royalty. Had the press not happened upon this atrocity, nothing would have been done. And, if you think of this from george's point of view, nothing would ever have to be done. The peasants are dying, the peasants are in need of more care...so what? That is their role, and if I throw a bandaid in their direction, they should be grateful.

Hell, we've got an entire city now that's been destroyed with the population completely displaced....is anyone in the administration worried or taking responsibility? No. So you think a few crippled or maimed soldiers are going to worry these guys?

Let them eat cake, babe. Let them eat cake. Just make sure they pay their taxes and roll that flag out every now and then to keep 'em in line.

3/02/2007 8:26 PM  

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