A Question of Perspective

The only thing I find really surprising about the current curfuffle about Walter Reed is why the Amerian public seems happy with the current investigation. I watch congress persons pulling out newspaper article after newspaper article and pointing to official reports about the issue while the admittedly bad managers from the army were being grilled.

This begs the question, don’t these congress people have e-mail? Isn’t that what staff is for? Don’t these people read Salon or newspapers or – um – official reports…

And while I am at it, why exactly did it take that long to ‘break’ the story if the problems are so endemic? Didn’t anyone think to look until now? Oh. Right. The administration has a great track record with that honesty thing.

But hey, better late than never, right?

But to assume that the Army even understands the issue? No. They don’t even see a problem.
The following exchange related in Dana Milbank’s Washington Post column on Tuesday highlights the issue.

After [the wife of one of the injured soldiers] Annette McLeod’s testimony, the couple sat in the first row of the audience, just three feet from Weightman and Kiley as the two generals testified. “The McLeods are right behind you,” pointed out Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va). “Do you have anything you want to say to them?”

“I feel terrible for them,” said Kiley, keeping his back to the McLeods. “We have got to double our efforts, redouble our efforts, to make these kind of cases disappear in the system.”

Weightman, by contrast, turned around to the McLeods and spoke warmly, addressing Annette directly. “I’d just like to apologize for not meeting their expectations, not only in the care provided, but also in having so many bureaucratic processes that just took your fortitude to be an advocate for your husband that you shouldn’t have to do,” Weightman said, as Kiley finally turned to face the McLeods. “I promise we will do better.”

Go back. Re-read the testimony from the new (and former) head at Walter Reed. He managed either a Bushism or a Freudian slip. He doesn’t want to solve the problems. He wants the cases to ‘disappear in the system.’ To bury the still living in paperwork while the dead are being interred at Arlington. And Kiley’s going to redouble his efforts to make it so. That is the problem.

At least the fall guy get’s the point. *sigh*

I guess it’s a question of perspective. You only see what’s wrong in hindsight.

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