It's not my fault

I guess I should have known the story we saw flare up Sunday regarding the abhorent conditions that our wounded troops have to endure at Walter Reed would eventually come down to "not my fault". Over at the Dark Overlord's website, one of his minions, BarbinMD brings us news of how this whole clusterf*** will play out in the future (and by doing so does not support the troops).

The transcript of an interview by Judy Woodruff (formerly of CNN) depicts how far individuals will go to avoid responsibility. Notice I did not say blame, hell I get blamed for crap all the time. Responsibility is when you know you screwed the pooch, admit it, and take steps to rectify the damned situation. The folks at Reed seem to want to pass the buck in true Bushonian style, "not my fault". See the evidence here:

General Kiley, let me begin with you. The secretary of the Army, Francis Harvey, said today that the failure lies with some noncommissioned officers -- I think he called them garrison leaders -- who were not doing their job. Do you agree with that?

LT. GEN. KEVIN KILEY, Army Surgeon General: Well, I think the analysis that we're doing as we speak over where the breakdown was, in terms of identifying and fixing those issues, particularly in Building 18, which is what I think the secretary was referring to, are also accurately portrayed by the vice chief of staff, who articulated we had young leaders who felt that accountability and responsibility to take care of problems, but didn't necessarily either feel they had the authority or the experience to properly take care of these issues, as small and as few as some of them are.

So we're very aggressively correcting. And you saw and the news has reported that we're in the process of repairing things as we speak.

(emphasis mine)

So you see, it's the fault of the NCO's, we Officers would never let conditions get that bad.

But let's see what else this fine Officer has to say for himself:

LT. GEN. KEVIN KILEY: Well, I think it's not that we weren't aware that that building needs and requires continued maintenance and upkeep. And since 2001, we've had two overhauls and one major renovation.

In the last year, we've done over 200 what we call "work orders" to fix things that were, again, reported in the paper. It's an old building. You can walk into it today, and if you walk into it six months from now, you're going to find issues.

Senior leaders, platoon sergeants, company commanders, brigade commanders should be walking through those facilities at least on some kind of a periodic basis. But, remember, more than half the rooms were actually perfectly OK.

And those that are problems like mold, there were only about seven of them that had that. The mice and cockroach issue was something that, in fact, the command did address last year, and that was due to soldiers leaving food in their rooms. We policed that up, and the rodent problem and cockroach problem has been corrected.

(emphasis mine)

There, you see that? It's those damn wounded soldiers fault! Those lazy bastards could not get up the steam to take their food to the trash can (and I guess they were also too lazy to take that trash can out to the roll-off outside). Never mind that they were missing a leg, arm, or both, or suffering from other types of injuries that are common to the battlefield. They're probably traitors anyway, cause if they can't shrug off a missing limb and re-up to go back to Iraq, they're a bunch of traitorous pussies.

I think I've probably beaten this to death, but JHC how can they sincerely blame everyone around them, including the wounded for their inadequacies. No, don't bother answering that last question. It'll just give you heartburn.


That building was old when I was stationed at

Bethesda in the mid 70s, we had people who had to stay over there after the Navy condemned our building, which was not torn down, I think until 99 or so