When Americans are considering the question of investigating impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, I would ask them to include the very important issue of veterans’ medical care.
This administration knew before the invasion of Iraq that our major military medical facility, Walter Reed Army Hospital, had serious problems which would make it impossible for returning soldiers to be competently treated there, and yet, they did not fix the problems. “The warning lights were flashing at Walter Reed years ago, but the Bush administration chose to ignore the problem and our injured service members paid the price,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Michael Kussman says: “He was long aware of the problems at Walter Reed but didn’t respond.” (Kussman is Bush’s proposed nominee to be the VA undersecretary for Health.)
This administration not only took our country into an unnecessary and illegal war, but did so knowing that returning veterans would not have the medical care they deserved and were promised. Meanwhile, when Cheney gets a leg cramp, he is taken to Walter Reed and given the best care available. Why?
Maybe Cheney and Bush thought there would be few wounded because, after all, Cheney told us “our troops would be met with flowers.”
This blatant mismanagement of one of the primary responsibilities of any administration considering war constitutes one of the highest moral crimes against our armed forces. That fits the definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for me.