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Bush Tours Walter Reed

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Posted on Mar 31, 2007
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President Bush paid his first visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center since last month’s Washington Post exposé revealed the shameful treatment of hundreds of wounded American veterans.  While the president apologized for the hospital’s “failures,” some of his congressional detractors weren’t impressed by the gesture.


L.A. Times:

In his first visit since disclosure of squalid conditions earlier this year at what had been regarded as the nation’s premier military hospital, Bush apologized for “bureaucratic and administrative failures.”

“The system failed ... and it failed our troops,” he said. “And we’re going to fix it.”

His visit did not silence the drumbeat of criticism over the issue. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a leading advocate for veterans, called Bush’s visit a “photo op” that would do nothing to cut through the red tape that has ensnarled their care.

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By moni, April 1, 2007 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment
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Forgive me for my cynicism but maybe the next scandal of BU$H and CO. will be to use the soldiers in the V.A. hospitals as guinea pigs.  Halliburton could be conducting experiments on how to alter the demography of the U.S. Diminish the numbers by introducing Chinese Wheat (wheat gluten sprayed with rodenticides) into Americans’ diets.  (Remember when Kansas was “The Bread-Basket”?) 
The soldiers could participate first (it would be their continued patriotic duty) and then the rest of the population could follow.  Heck . . . if they were willing to exploit Cpl. Tillman why not John & Jane Doe.

As we are frightfully finding out . . . anything is possible with BUSH & CO.

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By James Yell, April 1, 2007 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment
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There is a theory of thinking that one can’t charge a person with wrong doing even with clear evidence that they have been the source of wrong.

Such as George/Cheney said Kerry didn’t deserve his medals and wasn’t a real hero and of course the President and Vice-President, no shows in the military when they were young enough to be shot at should know. Well yes he didn’t say the words, but the people who did were his friends and supporters and he exposed his complicity by not rejecting the claims out right until after they had done damage and then with a mild statement that he didn’t think they were true.

Now he wants us to believe that the predictable results of lack of a war tax, the huge tax breaks to the super wealthy and corporations, the no bid contracts continuing 5 years into his war without a cause, the uncounted lost money, leading to shortage of funds for health care for not just military but all citizens is some how the fault of others who had no control over his none funding of his “war without a cause”. What a display of false emotion and opportunistic photo ops. He isn’t even smart enough to realize what an incomptent he is.

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By 911truthdotorg, April 1, 2007 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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bush is a parasite.

And I apologize to parasites everywhere for the comparison.

bush is a cowardly chicken hawk. Using brave
soldiers as a photo op.

He knew Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire, yet still used him as a recruitment tool.

What an absolute disgrace he is.

Demand a new, true 9/11 investigation.

http://www.911truth.org

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By Jonas South, April 1, 2007 at 11:43 am Link to this comment
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Watching the Jim Lehrer/Newshour segment on the Bush visit and the Walter Reed Hospital scandal, I was astounded that they never discussed the often cited root cause of the problem, namely, Bush’s move to hand management control of this august public institution to a for-profit crony.

But then, I have only myself to blame for expecting more of Jim Lehrer. He sold out long ago. For example, heavy financial sponsorship by feed-the-world-ADM means that the serious issues raised by Marie Cocco (See Truthdig this page.) will never see the light of day on Newshour. I should turn off my TV.

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By DennisD, April 1, 2007 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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He’s consistently cut funding for the VA and has the arrogance and nerve to take the “Kodak moment” walk through Walter Reed. Can he possibly get anymore pathetic. Who in this country believes that this man cares about anyone or anything other than his “legacy”. Diebold I curse you daily.

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By Margaret Currey, April 1, 2007 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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I am going to visit New Orleans, and I will see some of the neighborhoods that a lot of people do not know about because they never get out of the French Quarter, but if they did they would see blocks and blocks of cars that cannot run and can never be fixed due to flooding, there is not enough space for all that has to be thrown away.

Of course people are still living in FEMA trailers, Kenner along Airline Highway has all trailer parks filled with these trailers.

The HUD building were vacated even though some of them could have been occupied by now but someone wants to writeoff New Orleans and the reason is there are just too many poor people in the place, you see the south is still fighting the civil war, and they surely wanted to win to keep things the same, in some ways things are like it was before the civil war.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By RAE, March 31, 2007 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment
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You gotta hand it to Bush. He’s got gallons of gall, along with the hide and intelligence of an armadillo. This Emperor ain’t got no clothes but simply doesn’t care.

He KNOWS we can’t or won’t do anything about his incompetence. He’s quite prepared to live in the lap of luxury at our expense until his term expires (and with his pension, until HE expires as well).

The only thing Bush has in common with most of the American people is the fervent hope that he doesn’t screw things up before his term ends any worse than he already has.

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By Louise, March 31, 2007 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment
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Now why do you suppose it took so long for the president to get around to visiting Walter Reed?

Could it be it took more than a month for the “genuflecting faithful” to screen and find “appropriate” wounded vets in “appropriate” surroundings to “appropriately” feed the ever hungry ego of our commander in chief?

I mean after all, what good is a photo op if the center of the universe isn’t going to look good? Can’t risk having some thoughtless quadriplegic saying something unkind to the divine, right?

What’s missing in this sordid tale of abuse and neglect and short funding?

“We have learned that in January 2006, Walter Reed awarded a five-year $120 million contract to a company called IAP Worldwide Services for base operations support services, including facilities management,” Waxman continues. “IAP is one of the companies that experienced problems delivering ice during the response to Hurricane Katrina.”

Apparently they couldn’t find Walter Reed either!

IAP Worldwide Services provides a variety of logistics and support services, chiefly for the US Department of Defense and other government customers. Its offerings include base camp facilities support; disaster relief; logistics planning; and temporary staffing. IAP expanded in 2005 by acquiring Johnson Controls World Services, a leading provider of temporary staffing services for military installations. Investment firm Cerberus Capital Management is the majority owner of IAP. (one of the largest PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTMENT firms in the USA)
  http://www.hoovers.com/iap-worldwide-services/—ID__139662—/free-co-factsheet.xhtml

I don’t know about this administration.
Human sacrifice on the battle field for profit is disgusting enough. Are they not content to simply escalate their “for profit” wars?

Apparently not! Seems they’re determined to turn the suffering of those who survived into yet another “for profit” enterprise.

The greed!
The bald-faced bloody greed is mind boggling!

Why hasn’t this administration been impeached? My Gosh!
What’s it going to take?

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By Quy Tran, March 31, 2007 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment
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He would kneel down then beg for…more votes !

Crocodile’s tears !

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By Rev. Margaret deGraw, March 31, 2007 at 7:46 pm Link to this comment
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There is no way possible that the American people can trust Bush to follow through on his promise to “fix it.”  Look at New Orleans.

I have never, in my life, experienced a more unwholesome, arrogant, uncaring president.  He sets a very poor example for the rest of us.  How can we expect the American people to have integrity, honor and a sense of justice if our “leadership” doesn’t.

I am sickened.

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By Margaret Currey, March 31, 2007 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment
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This is just a smoke screen, Bushie just wants to take the Gonzales thing off the minds of the public.

If the Powers that be would have done their homework, maybe they would have thought about the returning wonded instead Rumsfeld thought this war as a 30 day wonder, the war was poorely planned, and was this war really justified or was it just a power grab for oil?.

This Iraqui war was done on the cheap, and the National Guard in overeqteded and these guys never thought that they would be deplayed three times or more, the National Guard is supposed to be part time soldiers and their families cannot be supported for long time periods.

Most of these part time soldiers were promised jobs when they came home, but I bet that because their time cannot be caculated their jobs were given to others.

I wonder how can these soldiers who lost their jobs survive on unemployment.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By Code Blue, March 31, 2007 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment
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oops…........the title was :
AVOID MILITARY MEDICINE if possible from the doctors mouths

CODE BLUE>>>>>CODE BLUE>>>>>>>>>>>

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By The Diagnose is G R A V E., March 31, 2007 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment
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Reading the postings by doctors you realize a fews items:

The problems have been known since 2001.
The problems are still NOT fixed.
The problems are much more serious than being reported in the news.

CODE BLUE…..CODE BLUE.. ALERT…............NOW!

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=203316&page=20
Cheers,
I~D

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By 127001, March 31, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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Apology…

rejected!

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