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More Fallout From Walter Reed Scandal

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Posted on Mar 12, 2007

Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley has resigned, the third military official to lose his job in the Walter Reed scandal. An anonymous defense official says Kiley was asked to step down by the acting Army secretary, who got his job only two weeks ago after another abrupt dismissal.


AP via Yahoo News:

Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley abruptly stepped down under pressure from military superiors, the third top Army official forced out in the fallout from revelations of shabby treatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The Army said Monday that Lt. Gen. Kiley had submitted a request to retire over the weekend. Acting Army Secretary Pete Geren had asked Kiley for his retirement, said a senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the events.

Kiley’s removal underscored how the controversy, which began with reports of dilapidated outpatient housing and a nightmarish bureaucracy at the Army’s flagship hospital, has snowballed into a far broader problem for the Bush administration.

Congressional committees and a slew of investigative boards are scrutinizing the treatment of wounded troops and veterans by the military’s entire medical system, as well as by the Department of Veterans Affairs, headed by Jim Nicholson. The probes come with the administration already struggling to defend its widely unpopular war policies in Iraq, and the Democratic-led Congress citing poor care for troops as the latest instance of incompetent administration planning for the conflict.

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By fiskhus jim, March 13, 2007 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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The current shabby treatment of our brave troops by thePublicans is nothing new - they did the same thing during and after every single war we have ever had - with the possible exception of their “good” war, WWII.

Aside from that one shining exception, the Publicans have always demonstrated their contempt for the troops by attempting to shift the cost of casualty onto the backs of the troops.

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By Dale Headley, March 13, 2007 at 10:02 am Link to this comment
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From the first moment, a week and a half ago, that I looked into General Kiley’s disingenuous, dissembling face, watching him lie and sweat - sweat and lie - I said, “That man should be fired!”

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By Bert, March 13, 2007 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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When an institution falls apart, when the wheels come off, as with GM/Ford etc., or as with Enron, when the books catch fire because nobody was watching the till, you go after the management because it was their job to oversee all this stuff. If you owned a restaurant chain, and your franchise in city X had a lot of complaints about service and food quality, and then the books come up short, and YOU don’t act, as the regional manager, then it should be YOUR job on the line.
Walter Reed, while not a restaurant, is an institution charged with providing health services to our sick and injured troops. If it’s not been run well, then things have to be changed, and the people responsible for running the place should rightly be let go. A good manager is part detective, part bloodhound, and part scotsman, doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, and doesn’t rest until things are right. And, a good manager also knows they’re only one bad review from being out of a job, which gives em extra incentive to be good managers. Donald Trump said it all:“You’re fired!”

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By Quy Tran, March 12, 2007 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment
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Bush/Cheney want to overwhelmingly appease public opinion and to save their prestige so they have to ask General Kiley step down from his job even he just got only 2 weeks ago. But the more these guys are trying to bestir themselves the deeper they’are submerged.

Nobody can save them except they know how to vanish themselves by bowing down to impeachment.

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