Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Who supports the troops?

Who supports the troops?
American soldiers wounded in Iraq have been living in a flop house on the grounds of the Army's most prestigious hospital. As they languish in a building with holes in the ceiling and mold on the walls, the broken and maimed veterans are harassed by bureaucracy and tangled in red tape.The Army was doing nothing about it until Washington Post reporters interviewed patients and their families and documented the appalling condition of their quarters at Walter Reed.Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the building is being fixed as quickly as possible and that whoever is found responsible will be "held accountable," whatever that might mean.So far, none of the officers in charge has been demoted or removed from command. As Gates's predecessor might have explained, you go to war with the hospitals you have. And the hospitals you don't.



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