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:: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 ::

Neglect blamed for Walter Reed woes

It's hard to be cute and dramatic with the taste of bile in your mouth. Excerpt...

"Citing lapses in leadership and oversight as main reasons for the problems, the nine-member independent group concluded that the Defense Department was, or should have been, aware of the widespread problems but neglected them because they knew Walter Reed was slated for eventual closure.

In addition, the Pentagon made problems worse by ordering a hold-down on costs and expenses — dubbed 'efficiency wedges' — even as Walter Reed began experiencing an influx of thousands of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

'Leadership at Walter Reed should have been aware of poor living conditions and administrative hurdles and failed to place proper priority on solutions,' according to the report draft released Wednesday."

Where does the largest military budget in the known universe go exactly?

"IAP Worldwide Services has a 5-year, $120 million contract to manage the hospital's infrastructure. The contract went into effect in February after a prolonged bidding process, during which Walter Reed's staff shrank because the Army chose not to hire replacements for retirees...

The majority owner of IAP is Cerberus Capital Management, whose leadership includes former Vice President Dan Quayle and John Snow, a former secretary of the Treasury..."

Don't get me wrong, I'm quite certain Democrats or anyone else with the ambition to play us all as fools would do exactly the same sorts of things. Power corrupts? Every time. It's not that complicated. Luckily, we have one of the most brilliant systems in the history of man to prevent corruption from happening, but if the people willingly concede their right to govern themselves nothing can be done. Every decent person knows that politics are distasteful and boring, but attention must be paid. Support our troops, and just look at how ridiculous we have become. Of anyone in this whole country, why should they suffer? Because American Idol holds more interest than soldiers' welfare, and that's not just a snide comment, it's the plain truth. Irrefutable. We've plum lost it.

:: Damian B. 4/11/2007 [+] ::
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