Punish the Soldiers For the Failures of the Leaders

February 28, 2007 at 11:49 am | Posted in American politics, Military | Leave a comment

In retaliation for the damning reports in the Washington Post about the horrible conditions of the Walter Reed hospital in Washington DC, the Army Times reports that soldiers have been told to keep quiet, and also prepare their rooms for inspections every morning at 6am. That’s right guys, because it’s the damn soldiers’ fault that the buildings were in such horrible conditions. It’s the soldiers’ fault that mold grew on the ceilings, that mice crawled on the floor. If soldiers but kept the rooms they were housed in while they healed clean! How ridiculous and stupid is this Pentagon!

Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.

“Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

It is unusual for soldiers to have daily inspections after Basic Training.

Soldiers say their sergeant major gathered troops at 6 p.m. Monday to tell them they must follow their chain of command when asking for help with their medical evaluation paperwork, or when they spot mold, mice or other problems in their quarters.

They were also told they would be moving out of Building 18 to Building 14 within the next couple of weeks. Building 14 is a barracks that houses the administrative offices for the Medical Hold Unit and was renovated in 2006. It’s also located on the Walter Reed Campus, where reporters must be escorted by public affairs personnel. Building 18 is located just off campus and is easy to access.

The soldiers said they were also told their first sergeant has been relieved of duty, and that all of their platoon sergeants have been moved to other positions at Walter Reed. And 120 permanent-duty soldiers are expected to arrive by mid-March to take control of the Medical Hold Unit, the soldiers said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Army public affairs did not respond to a request sent Sunday evening to verify the personnel changes.

The Pentagon also clamped down on media coverage of any and all Defense Department medical facilities, to include suspending planned projects by CNN and the Discovery Channel, saying in an e-mail to spokespeople: “It will be in most cases not appropriate to engage the media while this review takes place,” referring to an investigation of the problems at Walter Reed.

That’s right, the Pentagon failed to keep the news on subject, let them open a door they weren’t supposed to open. Now, they will clamp down hard on troops that dare speak to the media, because that just might make the Pentagon look bad.

It’s too late guys, you’ve made fools of yourselves on so many occasions (like all the times you claimed helicopters crashed in Iraq due to “mechanical failure”—yeah, mechanical failure when a rocket propelled grenade struck the mechanical parts and made them fail—instead of just telling the truth), that really, who trusts what comes out of your mouths these days? Certainly not me.

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