Thursday, March 08, 2007

because i love a good catch 22 reference

I don't know if any of you have heard about the problems with Walter Reed Army Medical Center — in a nutshell, the bullies who have been running this country, spouting "support our troops" platitudes and attacking anyone who doesn't agree with them about their bloody, pointless wars as a spitter-on-of-veterans, have been either knowingly or negligently consigning many injured veterans of Iraq and other wars to a medical facility which just might have been considered state-of-the-art if it were located in Atlanta, Georgia in September 1864.

And now it turns out that at least two Senior Republicans in the House knew about the conditions at Walter Reed, and though they claim to have "[gotten] in [the hospital commander]'s face on a regular basis" (to no effect, of course) — well, I'll just let C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., former chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, give it to you in his own words:
“We did not go public with these concerns, because we did not want to undermine the confidence of the patients and their families and give the Army a black eye while fighting a war,” Young said.
When your reasoning for not helping actual injured war veterans is literally lifted straight out of the pages of Catch 22, it is probably time to get yourself checked for irony poisoning. But, hey, if you end up testing positive, Mr. Young, I know of a great medical facility where I'm sure they could knock that right out for you. I've heard this particular facility is "committed to providing ... the very, very best medical care that is possible." Two verys! Did you see that?

Oh, and let me not forget to mention that Lieutenant General Kevin C. Kiley, the hospital's former commander, the one in whose face these two Cathcarts so frequently got, is now the Army's Surgeon General.

(story first seen here)

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