The Victory Caucus Might Want to Take Notice
Something that the Victory Caucus might want to remember when discussing victory in Iraq: what happens to the troops when they come back to the US? Especially if they are injured?
The Washington Post’s Dana Priest looked into conditions for our at Walter Reed Hospital, where our troops come to convalesce while wounded. To say those conditions are atrocious would be an insult to things that are atrocious. In addition to their injuries our soldiers have to deal with facilities falling apart, not enough resources, and nowhere near enough staff to take care of the current patient load. Non-English speaking family members or have to rely on parents or bilingual workers to translate for them.
The first paragraph of the story hit me like a sledge hammer to the ribcage.
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.
More to come after the jump. Warning for “saucy” language.
Mouse droppings? Cockroaches? What the fuck is this, the 18th Century? Can we do no better for our young men and women, the same young men and women that the Victory Caucus claims to adore, than leave them in conditions we wouldn’t leave a dog in?
What about spending the money to provide better facilities, more staff and resources to our fighting men and women. Oh, that’s right, we gave it back to the millionaires that needed it more thanks to President Bush’s wonderful wartime tax cut! (And speaking of cutting government spending in wartime, someone bring me the head of Grover Norquist, I wish to drink mead from his eye sockets.)
When our soldiers signed on the line to join up, they made a promise to us to do what we are unable to do – defend our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And in return, we promised them that we would provide for them. And by leaving them in facilities with dead cockroaches and mouse droppings around, we have failed.
We’ve failed our troops. We should be ashamed of their treatment.
My only question for the Victory Caucus is: have you read about the state our troops are being “taken care of”? If not, then I leave you with the words of Specialist George Romero.
“I told my platoon sergeant I want to leave. I told the town hall meeting. I talked to the doctors and medical staff. They just said you kind of got to get used to the outside world… My platoon sergeant said, ‘Suck it up!’ “
Suck it up? You supercilious twatrag! I have a better idea, why don’t you actually provide for your wounded, instead of letting them suffer even more. Or is it better for morale if you leave them hidden in roach-infested rooms, only parading them about when the president needs to hide behind them for another photo op?