The main story in the Post is just gut wrenching. This is one particular unbelievable exchange:
Shannon was shot in the head during a firefight near Ramadi, Iraq, in November 2004 and has languished at Walter Reed ever since, awaiting plastic surgery so he can be fitted with a prosthetic eye. Paperwork for his retirement from the Army has been on hold.
But his ire yesterday was less about his own treatment than about the sense of betrayal he feels for younger soldiers he has tried to shepherd through the bureaucracy at Walter Reed.
“I will not see young men and women who have had their lives shattered in service to their country receive anything less than dignity and respect,” said Shannon, who at times said he is having difficulty controlling his anger.
It is rather interesting that the Bush administration is bashing Democrats saying they don’t support the troops when they are the ones not supporting them. Once again we will get the slogan of the Bush Administration: no one could have foreseen. At some point it is there job to that.
This from Cheney:
Cheney said that President Bush “has made our administration’s priority very clear to the Congress and to the country: There will be no excuses, only action. And the federal bureaucracy will not slow that action down. We’re going to fix the problems at Walter Reed, period.”
Well it has to be more than Walter Reed. It seems the Post series has opened a flood gate of complaints about facilities all over this country.
A great article about all of this from Howard Kurtz and a little bit about the bitch de jour Ann Coulter.