Relations between the U.S. and Afghan administrations have been less than cozy in recent months, but President Obama's crew, headed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, attempted to warm things up this week by giving visiting President Hamid Karzai the royal treatment in Washington.
The same kinds of mismanagement and dysfunction that are at work in Iraq continue to plague veterans when they seek medical care at home.
When young American men and women sign up to serve in our military, the government makes them a basic promise: If they are wounded in the line of duty, they will get the care they need. But for far too many, that's a promise that only exists on paper -- even months after the news emerged about American vets' shameful treatment at U.S. military facilities.
He's not exactly clear on this point, but what Sen. John McCain doesn't achieve through specificity he drives home through sheer repetition: America can expect "other wars" in the future. In this clip he delivers that warning to his "friends" at a campaign stop in Florida.
An exhaustive study of the VA health system and its administrators has found a pattern of overstating the quality of care, arguably at the expense of veterans. If Congress is under the impression that VA medical care is top notch, it is less motivated to appropriate resources for much-needed improvements.
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 veterans. While the president apologized for the hospital's "failures," some of his congressional detractors weren't impressed by the gesture.
Linda Bilmes, the Harvard finance expert who helped establish the true cost of the war, including veteran healthcare, turns her attention to the Walter Reed scandal, and the bureaucratic quagmire that keeps our soldiers from getting help. Bilmes offers four lessons to avoid future problems. We can only hope someone takes her advice.
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.