Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington accused the Bush administration yesterday of turning a ''blind eye" to the rising costs of caring for thousands of wounded veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the weekly Democratic radio address, Murray noted that the Veterans Affairs Department last week admitted it was more than $1 billion short of funds for this year.
She said lack of funding for veterans was ''the latest in a long line of White House failures to level with the American people about the cost of war," citing cases of troops using scrap metal to armor their Humvees and families raising money to buy bulletproof vests for soldiers in Iraq.
''The president has an obligation to our troops, their families, and to the American people, to tell the truth about the costs and sacrifices necessary to win the war in Iraq," she said, urging Bush to map out a clear plan.
It's bad enough that we are wasting the lives of heroes like Holly Charette but the ones we just wound or disable we effectively ignore. I must be naive because I cannot imagine how Bush, Cheney or Rumsfeld, or any of the rest can sleep at night. Try as I might I cannot imagine being responsible for this kind of disaster and living with the knowledge of the tragedy and pain I have caused will continue to cause for years and years.
Where is the outrage from the American people over this unmitigated failure to lead, plan or even respond effectively to the results of one's incompetence? I am more amazed everyday.
One other thing, if this were truly a justified and righteous war you would be turning true patriots aways from the recruiting centers and not trolling the low income high schools for desparate children to feed into the cannons' maw.
Finally, while I am not religious in the classic sense I pray every day to whatever God's that may listen that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and all of their minions from hell are returned there poste haste with prejudice.
Hail Eris! All Hail Discordia! Go BVM and Yay Jesus. Who Loves Ya, Baby? Thank you, thank you very much.
Update: I would have asked Buddha but that his not his gig and it is quite obvious that Kali is already fucking with us. You don't want to overdo it and as Mandt probably knows by calling on Eris and Discordia at once I am already playing with fire not to mention the two second order curses tacked on the back.