A bipartisan commission will investigate squalid conditions at Walter Reed Medical Center, according to an announcement by the White House:
Bush devoted his weekly radio address — to be broadcast on Saturday — to the problems of veterans' care, and the White House took the unusual step of releasing excerpts in advance. A full text also was to be released later Friday. The administration's response came amid growing outrage about the poor treatment of some veterans — and the prospect that it could backfire on the White House.Obviously, the buck from the scandal should end up on the big desk in the Oval Office and at the doors of Republican lawmakers who sent soldiers into harms way while failing those same soldiers as they returned home as well as at the desks of senior Pentagon and VA figures (who have known and done nothing for a very long time). After all, it's been Bush and the GOP who have pushed to de-fund the VA at every chance they got as well as failing to provide other essentials - as veteran's groups have been protesting for at least two years now. Somehow, though, I don't think that will be within the remit of this commission.
I'm with Joseph Galloway of McClatchy/Knight Ridder, who has a powerful op-ed on the subject: He starts with this reminder of the politicians' and generals' duties:
Let's get this straight once and for all: With great power comes great responsibility.and ends with a down-home suggestion to make sure real accountability happens:
One reader e-mailed me this week to suggest that if we really want to get to the bottom of this scandal, we should appoint an investigative commission made up of 10 mothers of wounded soldiers instead of the usual suspects who sit on blue-ribbon commissions and find no one responsible for problems.He's right - and I somehow don't see Bush or any of the Republicans who hid de-funding measures inside bills to fund the Iraq war or who voted to give the troops less care having the guts to stand up and admit their failure or even to really work to solve the problems by reversing those actions. Go read the whole thing.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Posted by Cernig at 3/02/2007 11:20:00 AM