Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Walter Reed Saga Continues

It has been so long since we've had a blockbuster series of investigative reporting, but the Walter Reed travesty definitely qualifies. Dana Priest, Anne Hull and Julie Tate have done an outstanding job. This morning's WaPo continues the sad saga of the injured troops and the people who were supposed to have their best interests at heart. But didn't.

I've really tried to keep this from being political, I've tried not to say things like "rotting from the top down", but unfortunately, this situation calls for it. I still believe that placing blame is not going to fix the basic problem, but this is a good start.

For the last few years our troops have been used like pawns on a chessboard, as if they were disposable, as if they were just a photo op. They aren't. They haven't even been replaceable, but that hasn't stopped the abuse. Cutting veteran's services and freezing their budget while calling for a surge, shows a complete lack of respect and a corresponding inability to plan for the future. A hallmark of the present administration. Unfortunately.

How much more incompetence can our troops endure?

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