SECRETARY HARVEY FIRES GENERAL
You can count on this: Army Secretary Frances Harvey, the latest political hack to occupy that office, wouldn't have gotten up off his big butt for one moment to correct the scandalous conditions our war wounded endure at Walter Reed Hospital unless faced with a media firestorm.
In fact, MilitaryCorruption.com has confirmed that GI's at the famed Army medical center were told to "shut up" and "not talk to the media" if pesky reporters poked around asking about the shameful housing conditions returning warriors face as they try to heal their minds and bodies from the ravages of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There's an old saying: "Shit rolls downhill," and after a big pile of it landed on Harvey's noggin in the form of Dana Priest's excellent articles on the front page of the Washington POST, the Army secretary had to act. He has fired Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command as well as Walter Reed. Let's hope that brasshat is not the last to "get the boot."
DON IMUS TELLS IT LIKE IT IS: "COURT-MARTIAL THE BASTARDS!"
We got a kick out of MSNBC's Don Imus, a former Marine, who always tells it like it is. Citing the fact that Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley lives across the street from a mold-infested, dilapidated dump where returning wounded veterans are housed and should have known about the outrageous conditions there, the "I-Man" called for Kiley's head. He shouted: "Court-martial all the bastards!" To that, we say, a hearty AMEN!
But guess who Harvey has appointed to take Weightman's place? You got it. Gen. Kiley! Is this a case of the blind leading the blind or what? "Can" them both and bring in someone from the outside. Let's have a real IG investigation, not the usual "cover-up." And lay off the soldiers who've been threatened and harassed prior to all the bad publicity.
MilitaryCorruption.com would like to see Vice-President Dick "Halliburton" Cheney given a bedpan and detailed to "clean up" after incontinent veterans who've had their intestines blown apart fighting in a war Cheney and his neo-CON pals started in order to make money. We support all our troops wherever they may be, and we endorse the fighting in Afghanistan. But Iraq is an unnecessary war, and the only ones "profiting" from it are the big corporations and some cheap politicians, one of whom used to be CEO of Halliburton.
It is the ultimate disgrace that those who have sacrificed so much get treated so poorly, not by the country they love and would willingly die for, but by the "fat cats and brass hats" who are only looking out for themselves. We know there are many fine people who work at Walter Reed. A good number of them are our sources! But officers (other than nurses) who tell us things are far and few between. That's too bad.
GATES NEEDS TO CLEAN UP THE MESS AND "CAN" THOSE RESPONSIBLE
"There but for the grace of God go I." should be said by the top-rankers who enjoy their soft jobs and big paychecks while Army sergeants and Marine lance corporals go on fighting and dying in what has become an endless civil war in the Middle East.
Thankfully we are rid of that arrogant, obnoxious megalomaniac Donald Rumsfeld. Remember him? He's the guy dim-witted Bush said was doing a "fantastic" job five days before the 2006 elections when the Republicans got their head handed to them (along with other detached body parts). His replacement, Robert Gates, says "anyone found to be responsible" for the problems at Walter Reed "will be held accountable." Well, let's hold HIM accountable for that. Clean house, Mr. Secretary. Go up and down the chain-of-command, but be sure to start at the top, where most of the blame belongs.