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Posted on Nov 9, 2007
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Waiting for the president:  Army Sgt. Brandon Adam, who lost both of his legs in Baghdad last May, was one of the wounded vets with whom President Bush met at San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center this week.

It’s really hard to look at these photos of President Bush meeting with severely wounded veterans at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio without just saying “wow” over and over.  We’re hard pressed to imagine what Bush might’ve been thinking as he saw the effects of his foreign policy on these young soldiers.

Daily Mail:

During the President’s visit to the new £30.7million Brooke Army Medical Centre for veterans Mr Bush vowed to modernize the military care system. “We have an outdated system that can bog down some of those recovering in a maze of bureaucracy,” he said.

“It’s unacceptable to me as the commander in chief, it’s unacceptable to the families of those who deserve the best care and it’s unacceptable to the American people.”

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By William, November 12, 2007 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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#112796 by Gomerspile on 11/10 at 12:59 pm
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Then why are the Dem,s refusing to sign the bill to improve Vet,s health care,? because they dont give a shit. remember every one of you puss liberals voted to go to war.

Hey Gomer First off don’t forget that only some Dems agreed to the war, and it was under falsley generated pre-tenses of WMD’s fabricated by Cheney and all you other war-mongering right wing nut-jobs. 

Secondly it’s not about who agreed to go to war, but correcting our mistakes and after finding no WMD’s and taking out Saddam declaring a victory, and stop the continous sacrifice of our soldiers for nothing.

Thirdly, we have had over 100,000 troops stationed at Osamas back porch for over the last 5 years with the best technology available, yet he remains at large.  The Bush’s administrations priorities are not in the interest of the US, the US people or our soldiers, but in the interest of their continously rising stock, stock holders, and preying off good hearted Americans patriotism to cover up their mistakes. 

Jenna is old enough to enlist, let’s send her right to the front lines and see how quickly he sells his stocks in and declares a cease fire to the end of this atrociously horrible mis-managed war.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 11, 2007 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment

#112915 by Ron on 11/11 at 9:51 am: “...#112702 by Douglas Chalmers on 11/10 at 2:05 am
writes, “What was Bush thinking?”

...You’re kidding, right? You actually believe that the idiot THINKS? You give him way too much credit. He’s just a puppet….”

You misunderstand, Ron. I was repeating the question in the article - only! Quote:- “We’re hard pressed to imagine what Bush might’ve been thinking as he saw the effects of his foreign policy…..”!!!

As I said - and which you have entirely missed - “They will end up being destroyed mentally and spiritually by their depression as certain realizations about their own lives slowly overtake them….”.

Perhaps you would like to comment on THAT instead of playing the geyser, huh?

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By Ron, November 11, 2007 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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#112702 by Douglas Chalmers on 11/10 at 2:05 am
writes, “What was Bush thinking?”

You’re kidding, right? You actually believe that the idiot THINKS? You give him way too much credit. He’s just a puppet.

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By nefertiti, November 11, 2007 at 7:30 am Link to this comment

Did you see that smirk on the Chimp’s face? wow how did he manage that in front of so much pain

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By Louise, November 11, 2007 at 5:31 am Link to this comment

hippy pam (#112805)

I have to disagree on one point.
I don’t believe what we see here is a case of super size balls. This may in fact, be a case of inverted gonads, a common affliction in men who are afraid to fight their own battles.

Sometimes the affliction is caused by misguided parents who shield the male child from accepting responsibility, and therefore consequence. Sometimes from an early, unremembered ego injury. And sometimes it’s a self-inflicted malady, caused by general laziness and cowardice.

Symptoms are a need to appear larger than life. An inability to follow through with anything requiring personal sacrifice. A need to alter physical appearance [you know, as on the flight deck] and sometimes a compulsive desire to drive Monster Trucks.

The ailment can also be characterized by a need to pretend to be a military hero.

The condition can be reversed, if the victim recognizes there is a problem and sees a shrink. Coupled by a daily dose of remorse, penance and doing good deeds.

Which is why few, if any, recover.

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By hippy pam, November 11, 2007 at 4:56 am Link to this comment


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By Douglas Chalmers, November 11, 2007 at 2:26 am Link to this comment

112756 by Lee on 11/10 at 8:40 am: “...The way our precious soldiers have been treated is a travesty! First, they were not given sufficient helmets or body armour ...’

Well, “soldiers” are not precious, Lee, - they are expendable. That is the nature of warfare. But young peoples’ lives ARE precious and that IS the main point, uhh.

Once they are put in to the uncaring hands of certain politicians, their lives and futures are indeed ‘sold down the river’. But this is apparently not unusual in Neocon countries. I saw this on the net, too:-

Quote: “THE (Australian) Defence Force is facing legal action from soldiers who have injured their backs while using army issue backpacks. Army sources say up to 18 current and former soldiers could be part of a class action. Many soldiers refuse to use the official backpacks and spend up to $500 to buy their own equipment from private suppliers before heading off to Iraq and Afghanistan….

The army has issued a tender for 48,000 more of the backpacks to be delivered over the next four years at a cost of about $10million. Soldiers have repeatedly warned the army the large packs were ill suited to carrying their 40 to 50 kilograms of equipment. They have complained of torn back muscles, dislocated shoulders and suffered spinal problems from using the official packs….

One Australian pack manufacturer said he sold 40 heavy duty backpacks last week to soldiers heading to the Middle East….”

It is known that Australian troops (regular army) are buying their own equipment such as back packs, flash goggles, winter jackets, etc etc becuase of their experiences with government issue equipment. And the ex-servicemen are still fighting government denial over radiatiion exposure to troops in the late 1940’s-50’s during nuclear tests as well as other military incidents for which compensation is always disavowed.

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By Animadverto, November 10, 2007 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with the comments here.  I can’t rant myself or I may loose it.

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By hippy pam, November 10, 2007 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

And there….sits his SUPREME HIGHNESS emperor BUSH*T on his OVAL WHITE HOUSE THRONE…..KILLING MORE AND MORE OF OUR CHILDREN…...THIS IDIOT HAS BALLS THE SIZE OF IDAHO-I wish he had some brains or at least a conscience….

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By lawlessone, November 10, 2007 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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He probably said, “Good thing there’s plenty more where these came from.”

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By QuyTran, November 10, 2007 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

Hey King George, don’t use crocodile’s tears ! Your organized crimes have created these “unacceptable pictures” for nothing. Nobody in this civilized world
can tolerate these crimes !

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By thomas billis, November 10, 2007 at 10:20 am Link to this comment
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He could care less.This is the price America has to pay as he takes us to the end times.This moron thinks he is a prophet taking us to the promised land.This is the price mere mortals have to pay to his grand vision.Cheney et al on the other hand are looking at the enormous profits from Iraqi oil.Boy I hope I am alive when those secret energy meetings he had are released.

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By Lee, November 10, 2007 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

The way our precious soldiers have been treated is a travesty! First, they were not given sufficient helmets or body armour ... then, insufficient medical attention ... then, many of them can’t afford a place to live upon their return to the United States. One of the explanations we’ve been given is that there’s not enough money to pay for it. Well, that’s just adding insult to injury! Look at all the money this government wastes, while it’s citizens who put their lives on the line should be the first priority for support and assistance. What an injustice!

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By rodney, November 10, 2007 at 9:22 am Link to this comment
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For Bush to even stand next to the soldiers knowing that his lies are responsible for their wounds shows just how evil he is. He should only see them in private and apologize for ruining their lives. If he was any type of a decent human being he would repent and immediately remove our troops from Iraq. But since greed and money guides his foreign policy, expect nothing but more killing, more wounded, and more photo ops.

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By Nigel UK, November 10, 2007 at 7:20 am Link to this comment
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Now that he’s made a start, let’s see Bush show some REAL courage - by having the meeting with Cindy Sheehan that he should have had in Crawford, just over 2 years ago.

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By DennisD, November 10, 2007 at 6:54 am Link to this comment
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There’s a price to be paid for the mistakes we make and as long as Bu$h and his own aren’t paying it, it’s just another photo-op.

This clueless bastard is a pathetic excuse for a human being. To the Supremes who “elected” him the first time, I hope you rot in hell. To Diebold who did the “horrors” the second time just follow the line of Supremes and bring extra lighter fluid.

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By Blue, November 10, 2007 at 6:12 am Link to this comment
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What’s “unacceptable” is the fact that the individual who made the decisions that have led to the injuries these young men now live with, can stand next to them with that sick smile on his face, acting as if he actually cares.

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By purplewolf, November 10, 2007 at 4:11 am Link to this comment

This self serving dictator is totally disgusting. There are no words I can think of to describe what I feel about Herr Bush exploiting yet another severely wounded victim of his lies for his photo ops. The word outrage doesn’t even come close. And yet when he has been asked if he sleeps well at night he always answers yes, very well. That just proves he has no soul or conscience.

Bush is responsible for all those people, even if he feels he is not. Some will say “well they signed up, they should have known.” Most of these young men and women have never seen first hand what wars do to people. Often, signing into the military right after high school as there are no jobs,or they are scarce and this government makes it look glamorous. Travel, education, doing exciting things and not showing them the reality of what could happen. Many who joined the National Guard, that at one time were used for emergencies and help during natural disasters, are now sent right into a war zone,many with out the proper amount of training time.

These wounded soldiers deserve the best medical treatment and not the shoddy services that have been exposed in the recent past. All young people who think they want to enlist should tour the veterans hospitals and talk to these soldiers and ask first hand what comes to mind, and many of our wounded soldiers would probably tell them the truth and not some cosmetically covered version of what it is like to be a soldier.

And by the way: Remember when you hear all those requests to write to our veterans and send them cards at Christmas,etc. Don’t. They will be send them back to you about 4 months later saying refused and unclaimed stamped across them and the addresses slashed across. I spent hours writing-not typed to our wounded soldiers at the addresses from Ann Landers and the Internet and tried to get as many as I could out by Dec. 15 last year(2006)-I only had a few days to do this when I found out about it. I had hoped some of our wounded would know that they were remembered. Around Easter this year I wondered if any of these cards had helped any of our wounded through some of the tough times they are going thru.I got my answer the day after Easter. It was a big NO. Thanks to our government, they decided to not deliver mail that they had requested because of potential threats. Well it’s not that the American People forgot to send you anything, we have our government to thank for that. So if any of you in the veterans hospitals read this know we do support you and would like to send you cards and letters but we cannot do so anymore. Sorry. Not all of us are able to travel to visit with you in person, and the way it is now, I don’t even know if they would even let people visit the wounded as they are not family members.When I was young I started to work nursing homes and in hospitals and we used to allow people in to visit with our patients and always encouraged the public to come. Just someone spending a little time with others who are in these places makes a world of difference to them. It is to bad that these things have changed and not for the better.

Thank you very much George Bush for making this no longer a viable way of communicating with our wounded veterans.Go ahead, pat your self on the back and say “well done”.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 10, 2007 at 3:05 am Link to this comment

I hardly think that “Wow” is any kind of appropriate statement about the HORROR that these young men have suffered and are still facing. They will end up being destroyed mentally and spiritually by their depression as certain realizations about their own lives slowly overtake them.

What was Bush thinking? Well, he is responsible for the continuing “outdated system” and he seems to be only too happy to have such an “unacceptable” set of circumstances which has led to what now will be forever “unacceptable to the families” of these people who once were naive young soldiers in the army of an opportunistic and predatory government.

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By vet240, November 9, 2007 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

bu$h is a sociopath.

These kids are losing a big part of their lives so American oil interests can assure access to Iraqi oil fields.

Oil is the onl reason bu$h/chainey lied us into this mess.

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By Louise, November 9, 2007 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment

“We’re hard pressed to imagine what Bush might’ve been thinking as he saw the effects of his foreign policy on these young soldiers.”

Well whatever it may have been, you can bet it certainly wasn’t, “Look what I have done to these people!”

More than likely, “Wow, this is going to make a great photo,” was working it’s way through the brain.

But once someone’s had time to work up the appropriate sound-bite, I’m sure they’ll tell him, and then he’ll tell us what he was thinking.

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By jbart, November 9, 2007 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not sure what it is but, every time this “person” appears in these P/R situations, I feel sick! And, what’s most sickening, there is a chance that he will remain our “Ruler/Decider” using a war against Iran to stop the electoral process.  Surely, there’s an “armed” nutcase out there who can do whatever “nutcases” do, for their country. In other words….“where is that nutcase when you need ‘em”?

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