The rabid Bush supporters at Powerline prove the sick twisted irony of the conservative mind, February 17, 2007
Congressman Johnson Pleads for the Troops, Posted by John at 07:44 PM
The last Republican to speak against the Democrats’ anti-surge, pro-defeat resolution yesterday was Sam Johnson of Texas. Johnson was a pilot who flew something like 90 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam. He was shot down over North Vietnam and spent seven years as a POW, most of that time in solitary confinement. He returned to the U.S. in 1973 and was elected to Congress in 1991.
Johnson’s plea to support the troops and fund the war effort was eloquent–too eloquent for most Democrats to want to hear it. He got a standing ovation from those in the House chamber, but note how few Democrats were willing to hear him speak. Note, too, that Johnson understands what the anti-surge resolution was really about: he denounces Jack Murtha’s “slow bleed” strategy, which is designed to starve Gen. Petraeus and his men of the support they need to succeed, and then seek political benefit from their failure. If you can watch this with dry eyes, you’re a tougher man than me: (emphasis mine, there was a video at the end of Powerline’s post)
After three years of failing to succeed in nation building after continuously lying to America and being assured by Cheney and Bush that they were succeeding and “staying the course” John and his new hero keep confusing support of the troops with supporting Bush’s failures. Bush’s failure as commander-in-chief, his failure as a leader, Bush’s failure as a descent citizen are the bright blinking neon warning signs that say thinking caring Americas shouldn’t care about Bush’s new improved recipe. What is best for America and the troops is not supporting Bush’s policies. If the Right cared about the troops it wouldn’t have lied us into a war. I did watch the video and didn’t shed a tear because Johnson, like Powerline is tragically misguided. I did read this and get a little misty eyed, Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army’s Top Medical Facility
Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan’s room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.
This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Iraq last February with a broken neck and a shredded left ear, nearly dead from blood loss. But the old lodge, just outside the gates of the hospital and five miles up the road from the White House, has housed hundreds of maimed soldiers recuperating from injuries suffered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The common perception of Walter Reed is of a surgical hospital that shines as the crown jewel of military medicine. But 5 1/2 years of sustained combat have transformed the venerable 113-acre institution into something else entirely — a holding ground for physically and psychologically damaged outpatients. Almost 700 of them — the majority soldiers, with some Marines — have been released from hospital beds but still need treatment or are awaiting bureaucratic decisions before being discharged or returned to active duty.
They suffer from brain injuries, severed arms and legs, organ and back damage, and various degrees of post-traumatic stress. Their legions have grown so exponentially — they outnumber hospital patients at Walter Reed 17 to 1 — that they take up every available bed on post and spill into dozens of nearby hotels and apartments leased by the Army. The average stay is 10 months, but some have been stuck there for as long as two years.
Not all of the quarters are as bleak as Duncan’s, but the despair of Building 18 symbolizes a larger problem in Walter Reed’s treatment of the wounded, according to dozens of soldiers, family members, veterans aid groups, and current and former Walter Reed staff members interviewed by two Washington Post reporters, who spent more than four months visiting the outpatient world without the knowledge or permission of Walter Reed officials. Many agreed to be quoted by name; others said they feared Army retribution if they complained publicly.
John, Johnson and Bush don’t gave a damn about how their misguided wars fill up the grave yards and hospitals because they’re incapable of genuine concern for the troops and America. They can’t tell the difference between what is good for our national security and their childish paranoia. They can’t tell the difference between actually supporting the troops and using them as pawns to advance their political agenda. More at INTEL DUMP, Problems at Walter Reed
Powerline and Congreesman Johnson support the troops so much that they want to rush troops into battle without the proper equipment, Thousands of Army Humvees Lack Armor Upgrade
The additional protection is needed for thousands of U.S. reinforcement troops flowing into Baghdad, where these devastating weapons — used primarily by Shiite fighters — are particularly prevalent, the officials said.
U.S. Army units in Iraq and Afghanistan lack more than 4,000 of the latest Humvee armor kit, known as FRAG Kit 5, according to U.S. officials. The Army has ramped up production of the armor, giving priority to troops in Baghdad, but the upgrade is not scheduled to be completed until this summer, Army officials said. That is well into the timeline for major operations launched last week to quell violence by Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias, which the U.S. military now views as the top security threat in Iraq.
Hat-tip to Democratic Veteran for the link.