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The guy who killed efforts to fix the VA is now in charge of fixing the VA

Bob Woodruff interviewed Jim Nicholson (here and here) and it sure seemed that he said yes when the answer should have been no.   

From ABC News

A proposal to keep seriously wounded vets from falling through the cracks of the bureaucracy was shelved in 2005 when Jim Nicholson took over as the secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, according to the former VA employee who was responsible for tracking war casualties.

As a result, seriously wounded veterans continued to face long delays for health care and benefit payments after being discharged from the military, says former VA project manager Paul Sullivan. (more…)

By |2007-03-08T15:56:09-04:00March 8th, 2007|Iraq, Military, Walter Reed|Comments Off on The guy who killed efforts to fix the VA is now in charge of fixing the VA

Countdown: The Dems take charge

Keith Olbermann reviews the Democratic agenda.  John Murtha joins Keith.  Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee, promises to actually oversee the White House.  He is going to look at the supplemental spending bill – over $90 Billion.  Excellent interview. 

By |2007-01-06T15:59:53-04:00January 6th, 2007|Domestic Issues, Iraq|Comments Off on Countdown: The Dems take charge

Who's in charge in Iraq?

From CNN.com:

House Majority Leader John Boehner’s call for critics to lay off Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld because the generals are responsible for the conduct of the war in Iraq has sparked outrage among Democrats.

In an interview Wednesday on CNN, Boehner said, “Let’s not blame what’s happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer replied, “But he’s in charge of the military.”

“The fact is, the generals on the ground are in charge, and he works closely with them and the president,” Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said. more

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This is the best political stunt yet.  Rumsfeld is not to blame for Iraq.  I’m laughing while I type this.  Look to see how this plays.  If it goes over even lukewarm, you will see the Vice-President and Condi begin to use it.  Snow may even whip it out (no not that!!) at a press conference. 

Of course, this is not true.  Rumsfeld by all thoughtful accounts has NOT let the generals do anything without his approval.  He has silented the Joint Chiefs.  He decided exactly how many troops would be deployed.  He decided which unit would go and when they would go.  This has been clearly Rumsfeld’s war.  Rummy even chose Brummer and Garner before him. 

Boehner is way off the mark with this one.

By |2006-11-02T07:57:32-04:00November 2nd, 2006|Domestic Issues, Iraq|Comments Off on Who's in charge in Iraq?
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