Sunday, March 11, 2007

General Kiley gets bombarded with questions

The Army Times reports on a heated line of questioning on the lack of patient and Veteran planning.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., had the Army’s surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, in her sights, but the Navy and Air Force medical chiefs were hit by collateral damage as Mikulski demanded to know about the government’s “50-year plan” for caring for today’s wounded service members. She never received an answer.

“Do you have a plan for Tricare for them? Do you have a plan for assisted living? Do you have a plan for long-term care? Do you have a plan for family assistance?” Mikulski asked. “Do you have a plan to pay for the divorce lawyers? Do you have any plan at all for any of this?

“No, ma’am. I do not,” Kiley said.

“I find this shocking. This is a war that we have been fighting for five years,” Mikulski said. “Five years, longer than World War II, where these men fought and bear the permanent wounds of war. That’s why they’re so passionate about this.”

Indeed. It shows a complete lack of planning on the part of the Bush Administration and its cronies. They have failed to plan at every crossroads of this war.

Why would it change now?

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