Hats off to the Washington Post for its front page stories concerning the neglect of our wounded troops.
The Post and reporters Dana Priest and Anne Hull deserve kudos for bringing the story to light so that something would
get done. This is what the press should be doing.
He's not one of my favorite people, but Gates deserves some credit for doing something starting at the top rather than trying to protect Bush's ass as much as Rumsfeld would've done. His actions helped force the msm to actually do some accurate reporting for a change.
The public deserves credit for their votes in the last election. If they had not thrown the Republicans out we would still have Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. He would have swept things under the rug, and a Republican Congress would have helped cover up this shameful scandal, which in my opinion is right up there with the Foley scandal and has far surpassed it in actual harm done.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates just announced that the Secretary of the Army, Francis Harvey, has resigned in the wake of the growing Walter Reed scandal. Great. So when is the guy going to be punished who actually oversaw Walter Reed while the most egregious abuses were taking place? [size=24]That would be Lt. Gen. Kevin "Urine Man" Kiley, the guy who oversaw the mess, the who reportedly let a soldier sleep in his own urine, and the guy who, incredibly, has now been appointed AGAIN to oversee Walter Reed. This man isn't fit to run Walter Reed, let alone be Army Surgeon General. How long does Urine Man get to keep his cushy jobs?
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UPDATE: CNN just reported that Urine Man has been replaced. Still looking for confirmation online.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Harvey had resigned. But senior defense officials speaking on condition of anonymity said Gates had asked Harvey to leave. Gates was displeased that Harvey, after firing Maj. Gen. George Weightman as the head of Walter Reed, chose to name as Weightman's temporary replacement another general whose role in the controversy was still in question.
"I am disappointed that some in the Army have not adequately appreciated the seriousness of the situation pertaining to outpatient care at Walter Reed," Gates said in the
Pentagon briefing room. He took no questions from reporters.
Finally, someone is going to hold these people responsible for what they did to our troops.
From Henry Waxman's House Oversight Committee:
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman John Tierney sent a letter to Major General George W. Weightman, former Commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, regarding the privatization of support services at Walter Reed and its impact on the conditions at Walter Reed. In addition, the Committee is issuing a subpoena to compel Major General Weightman to appear before the Committee on Monday, March 5[/size].
Kevin Kiley, better known as URINE MAN