It seems that we are constantly being reminded of the similarity between “art” and reality… at least in this current administration. For example, the events of September 2001 were horrific, but what we heard from the administration officials, who were incapable it seems not only of imagination but also of speaking the truth, was incredulity that this could happen. How many times did we hear someone from the in-crowd say “who could have imagined that someone would take airplanes and use them to fly into buildings!” Tom Clancy foresaw that eventuality in not one but two novels - Debt of Honor, 1994 and Executive Orders, 1996. But that’s old news to those who follow the news. Someone in one agency I heard had hired film and TV writers to help come up with potential scenarios for training purposes – I don’t know whatever became of that but at least they chose people who have some imaginative competence.
But again, I find myself seeing similarity between “art” and reality. Many years ago, there was a Star Trek the Next Generation episode where a man and some of his fellow prisoners escaped from a prison colony. He was brought on board the
Perhaps it is not as closely analogous, yet listening to and reading the articles written by Dana Priest in the Washington Post about the horrendous conditions our wounded are placed in for rehabilitation and convalescence, horrified me and brought back the lessons from that long ago Star Trek episode. You see, we have improved medical techniques, battlefield triage, wounded evacuation, to such a degree that deaths are way below what they would have been one or two wars ago like say Viet Nam, but our wounded have increased ten fold. The facilities are overwhelmed with injuries that are not only horrendous, both psychologically and physically, but require complex and comprehensive long term care. There are more coming everyday, forcing those that aren’t ready to go home into another facility for rehab.
One such facility was detailed in this article… affiliated with the renowned
This administration in an effort to at least partially pay for the debacle that is Iraq is cutting back on VA funds, talking about closing bases that are medical facilities around the country, leaving so many of our wounded untended, and incapable of getting to a facility for the help/treatment they require. It was left to private donations to build a hospital in
The story is worse than what I have detailed above; there is so much more wrong being perpetrated on our wounded – but we are told we must support our troops! Tell me, where is the support from the administration – from those that created the situation that caused the wounds – that continues to perpetuate it?
Is this how we repay those who gave their best along with time out of their lives, psychological well-being, arms, legs, arms, etc.? Is this the way this administration thinks you should treat your heroes! Is this supporting the troops???