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'Strangely Quiet' Scene As Bush Visits Base Where Medically-Unfit Troops Were Deployed

Health & Wellness  (tags: Bush, war, injured troops deployed, medicine, politics, corruption, Republicans, Neocons )

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All of the soldiers said they had no business being sent to Fort Irwin given their physical condition. In some cases, soldiers were sent there even though their injuries were so severe that doctors had previously recommended they should be considered...

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Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday April 5, 2007, 3:38 pm
Yesterday, President Bush visited Fort Irwin, California, the main desert training camp where most U.S. soldiers are sent before deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. Bush told the troops:

Ours is a remarkable country when people volunteer to serve our country in a time of war. The amazing thing about our United States military is thousands and thousands have signed up knowing full well that we’re a nation at war. The government didn’t say, you have to do this, you chose to do it on your own. You decided to put your country ahead of self in many ways.

That message must have resonated in a unique way for some of the soldiers present. As’s Mark Benjamin reported recently, Fort Irwin is where some soldiers with debilitating injuries and other medical conditions, including female soldiers who were pregnant, were deployed for weeks:

Hernandez is one of a dozen soldiers who stayed for weeks in those tents who were interviewed for this report, some of whose medical records were also reviewed by Salon. All of the soldiers said they had no business being sent to Fort Irwin given their physical condition. In some cases, soldiers were sent there even though their injuries were so severe that doctors had previously recommended they should be considered for medical retirement from the Army.

Military experts say they suspect that the deployment to Fort Irwin of injured soldiers was an effort to pump up manpower statistics used to show the readiness of Army units. With the military increasingly strained after four years of war, Army readiness has become a critical part of the debate over Iraq.

As Steve Benen noted, Bush’s remarks to the soldiers yesterday hardly produced the rally-like atmosphere of years past. Reuters reported that troops “sat quietly at their lunch tables, some joined by family members, as Bush spoke.” The Houston Chronicle’s Julie Mason described the event as “less than a rally, more than a stare-down,” and said the troops were “strangely quiet.”


Blue Bunting (855)
Friday April 6, 2007, 12:26 pm
Returning From Iraq, the Damage Done It's easy to send soldiers off to war. It's a lot harder to face them when they come home.

Barry Seth (118)
Friday April 6, 2007, 2:31 pm
He was just there for a photo op. They should have all turned their backs on him......what a photo that would have been!!!

Peter Millington-wallace (10)
Friday April 6, 2007, 3:18 pm
Dunya's head-injuries make him unfit for his job (or any other), but you don't hear him complaining, do you ?

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday April 6, 2007, 8:04 pm
Pleae take a look at the photos of the soldiers "forced" to pose with Bu$h!t ... how can this despicable human being lay his hands on the shoulder of a soldier he's forcing to fight for BIG OIL????

Maureen S (122)
Saturday April 7, 2007, 10:37 am
Once again Blue . . . THANK YOU!!! Wish I could send a star but I can't cuz I already did within the past week!!! rofl It's about time that our troops stand up to this idiot who has done so much damage to our Country!!! I applaud each and every troop who made the choice NOT to "rally round the Chief" as so many others have been forced to do! Unrealisitic? Not at all!!! Our troops have the right to free speech just as the rest of us are SUPPOSED TO HAVE!!! And yet . . . they have been humliated into standing around the COC and "rallying!" This is almost as good as the National Guardsmen who put Rummy on the spot over lack of proper equipment.

However, to send injured troops to readiness--and particularly pregnant women--is beyond comprehension. Once again, this demonstrates the LACK OF CARING for humanity and people in general that this man, and his family have. All they care about is money, money, money!!! Greed, greed greed!!! When are Americans TRULY going to wake up to the fact that we have not only been duped, we've been used and abused!!! I, for one, am convinced that our Founding Fathers are screaming out from their graves over the injustices perpetrated by this administration.

For those of you who voted for him--once again--you've gotten precisely what you deserve!!! LIES, CORRUPTION AND DENEGRATION of the Constitution. What do you have to say to all of us who weren't so duped? Anything? Can you even speak the truth??? Doubtful!

Keep it up troops!!! Let him know . . . and let Congress know, that this is NOT what you signed up for!!!

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday April 7, 2007, 11:48 am
Here's why the troops were so quiet ...

Iraq Veteran Speaks Out On War Crimes - Operation Iraqi Slaughter! . . . A shocking testimony from a former Iraqi war veteran !

Charles Q (20)
Sunday April 8, 2007, 2:00 am
What if all those troops had suddenly turned on the Bushwacker and killed him right there on the spot?

Can you imagine Bush's last thoughts as he expires?

I still think that the greatest good that "gonads" Bush could've done for the world would've been to choke on that hot dog and die!
Oh for just 15 minutes alone with that troglodytic punk to vent my extreme displeasure.

Charles Q (20)
Sunday April 8, 2007, 2:05 am
Peter Millington-wallace:

Charles Q (20)
Sunday April 8, 2007, 2:28 am
Maureen S.
My sentiments exactly...back in Nam time there were many of us who fought against then tyranny of eth Military-Industrial Complex (re: Sir No Sir) boku of us Namvets declared an armed insurrection on every US military base, creating fear throughout D.C. and the power wasn't gonna be another Cox's Army repeat!

Orlin Larsen (80)
Wednesday April 11, 2007, 9:36 pm
Hello Blue, thanks for bringing to light this story which I noted now close to a week ago. The photo turned my stomach immediately,so I left things alone.....Now with the recent demands on congress to follow his demands, and the ordering of National Guard troops for deployment seems too have forced me to come back with a comment. There is no lip reading involved. "Why does it take so long for this nation (with out a revolution) to understand that we have a MANIAC running our country, and I am serious to say, he is one sick son-of-a-bitch.

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 1:39 pm
Canon Fodder?

$1 billion: Amount the Army paid last year “to attract and keep soldiers in the service, more than three times the total amount of bonuses paid before the Iraq war began. … Last year, the Army recruited 80,635 troops. To achieve that, the Army bolstered the ranks of its recruiters, raised enlistment bonuses to as much as $40,000 and allowed recruits with tattoos on their necks and hands to join. It also bumped the age limit twice.” 9:58 am | Comment (19)

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 1:40 pm
U.S. more focused on Sanjaya than depleted National Guard. In testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday, head of the National Guard Lt. Gen. Steven Blum said, “It bothers me that the Army and Air Force and Marine Corps and the Navy are at war and the nation’s watching ‘American Idol‘ and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’” Watch it: Blum also noted that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are have left the National Guard “woefully underequipped” to meet the challenges here at home. He “said 88 percent of the Army National Guard in the United States is not ready due to lack of equipment and training, and that $40 billion was urgently needed to provide guard troops at home with ‘meat and potatoes stuff,’ such as radios, trucks, humvees, night vision gears and medical supplies.” 2:10 pm | Comment (15)

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 1:42 pm
Gates announces forced extensions for Army troops. . . . In the latest evidence that President Bush’s Iraq escalation strategy is forcing the military to the breaking point, Defense Secretary Robert Gates “said Wednesday that he was extending the tours of duty for active-duty Army troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from 12 to 15 months.”UPDATE: House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO): “This new policy will be an additional burden to an already overstretched Army. I think this will have a chilling effect on recruiting, retention, and readiness. We also must not underestimate the enormous negative impact this will have on Army families.”UPDATE II: Atrios notes an interesting moment in the press conference when Gates scolds a “very thoughtless” fellow Pentagon official who prevented the Army from telling troops about this extension before it was announced publicly. 3:22 pm | Comment (68)

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 1:43 pm
America's Broken-Down Army The Army's rush to carry out Bush's order to send thousands of additional troops more quickly to Iraq is forcing two of the five new brigades bound for the war to skip standard training at Fort Irwin, Calif.

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 1:43 pm
Trying Times for the National Guard

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 1:45 pm
West Point grads leaving service at highest rate in over 3 decades

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 1:47 pm
Congress To Probe Lynch, Tillman Misinformation . . . House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold the hearing April 24 as part of an investigation into whether misinformation was part of a strategy to mislead the public, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because ...

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday April 12, 2007, 1:49 pm
Walter Reed scandal, etc. . .

It is an absolute discrace that we remain the only industrialized nation in the world that does not provide medical care to every citizen! How do we have the nerve to claim too be the greatest country in the world, when this is how we treat those of us that need medical care the most?

As America melts down with higher crime rates and a crumbling infrastructure, the US builds a 1 billion embassy in Baghdad.

Who hates America?

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