Thursday, March 08, 2007

Republicans Knew About Walter Reed, Did Nothing

But C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., former chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, said he stopped short of going public with the hospital’s problems to avoid embarrassing the Army while it was fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But he said he purposely opted to bring concerns about individual patients’ care privately to the attention of Walter Reed commanders, rather than wield his clout as an Appropriations subcommittee chairman.

“We did not go public with these concerns, because we did not want to undermine the confidence of the patients and their families and give the Army a black eye while fighting a war,” Young said.

You dick. You are the chair of the Armed Services Committee. You control the purse strings for the military. Soldiers are lying in their own urine and you decide that you don't want to embarass the military by getting the problem fixed systematically?

I know that Congressman Young does care about the troops. He obviously cares a great deal more about President Bush's poll numbers and his screwed up adventure in Mesopotamia even more. These kids have bled and lost limbs for their country, and you care about PR more than their treatment. How fucking dare you? Resign and volunteer with them full time. Hopefully now, with you gone, something will actually be done for these brave young men and women no thanks to your cowardly, craven, political decision to sit on your hands.