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Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Commmander Cody Show

[Hi folks--your vice and virtue commission is back on the watchtower here in the "last frontier of Florida," as the land profiteers would describe us. At least we'll feel chic when the humidity and mosquitoes descend, sooner rather than later thanks to global warming.]


In the wake of the Walter Reed scandal, the above cartoon by Michael Ramirez which ran in the Birmingham News (3/13/07) is fitting.

Last night I watched the Army Vice Chief of Staff General Cody present a one-man dog and pony show as he deftly danced around issues with the balletic grace that comes only after much practice dodging things. Of course, he spoke whilst outfitted in his combat dress uniform, as befits our new Spartanized society.

Buzz words and feel-good comments about wounded soldiers receiving the best health care available composed the entirety of the speech. The talk was a cover-up that failed to address the key issues.

The fact is that the uniformed services Medical Service Programs are not configured to accept mass casualties. The services have degraded all functions of Combat Service and Combat Service Support, to include medical services, through outside budget cuts. This has been achieved through contracting services out-of-house.

The key point is that mass casualties cannot be treated with the facilities and personnel on hand. The official government party line is that the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) system will be utilized to handle mass casualties. And yes, they would, but to the exclusion of other veterans also requiring DVA services.

There is no depth to the National Command Authority's ability to handle mass casualties. That we have adequate care provisions in place for our returning troops is yet another the Big Lie of the War on Terror.

All planning for the WOT is based upon best case, versus worst case, scenarios. Although casualties are rather light by general war guidelines, the system has been so eviscerated that it is now taxed to the breaking point.

The U.S. needs to increase the military's medical capabilities.
The government is trying to run a war on the cheap by not expanding their medical assets, instead trying to stretch a medical infrastructure that is peacetime-oriented to the brink. An alternate solution to such an expansion would be maximization of VA assets with infusions of personnel and money, with the VA treating the wounded.

What will happen if there are true mass casualties for any reason? Let's say, like a U.S. attack upon Iran?

After four years, it is criminal to have the sorts of problems which are emerging at Walter Reed.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's getting ridiculous to watch all those stars dance around...but then, rememeber, these are the boys at the top of the dogpile--they earned their bars, leaves and scrambled eggs bending their elbows with a crowd where the vocabulary contained the phrase "acceptable losses"...so grunts' lives are relatively cheap to them anyway. Good point about an already strained VA system. Have a buddy who spent 13 months duty in RSVN, now as he nears 60 PTSD is finally kicking in. He applies for help. Turned him down (after a 6 months wait). His wife goes to the local VA office to appeal? Sure, they say, fill out this 82 page app, we'll put your name on the list for the appeals board. Should hear back from them in a year or so. So much for asking not what your country can do for you.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 10:23:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lurch said...

In combat casualties happen. It's a gruesomely simple calculus: you trade bodies for objectives.

Somewhere (perhaps here?) a commenter noted the fact that many of the uniforms recently standing up before cameras and making brave sounds have lots of service awards, but no combat decorations.

Being a successful detective entails noticing the obvious things.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 1:51:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lurch,

I have no problem trading casualties for objectives, when such is the case. This is what military art is all about. Thanks for the compliment on my powers of observation, such as they are.

Jim

Friday, March 16, 2007 at 6:11:00 PM GMT-5  

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