What a difference two years make. Back in 2004, John Kerry repeatedly raised the issue of poor care for veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Bush’s response was dismissive. In their last televised debate, Kerry said Bush “hasn’t fully funded the VA and the VA hospital [sic] is having trouble and veterans are complaining.”Unfortunately, apparently too spineless to paint the picture in the starkest terms, the reporters end on this note:
Bush’s response? “Of course we’re meeting our obligation to our veterans, and the veterans know that. We’re expanding veterans’ health care throughout the country. We’re aligning facilities where the veterans live now. Veterans are getting very good health care under my administration, and they will continue to do so during the next four years.”
The issue of veterans’ care is one that Bush cannot take for granted, as he once did in 2004. Compared to the complexities of the Libby trial, this is a simple debate the White House cannot afford to lose.They can win?!!
These journalists just don't seem to get it. Bush was warned about the problems with veteran's care long before 2004, but failed to act until something dramatic happened. He's already lost this one. Or at least he should have if the press were doing their jobs.
Bush has been asleep at the switch since day one, when he was warned by outgoing Clinton officials that the number one threat to U.S. security was Al Qaeda. Did he listen? No. He went off trashing international treaties and building half-baked ABM systems. And we all know what happened next.
Global warming? New Orleans levees? Iraq pre-war intelligence? Iraq post-war planning?
Bush has proven his incompetence and arrogance time after time. He never listens to advice from experts. He's an ideologue who thinks that if he prays to God, everything will magically fall into place. He's a very dangerous man who is responsible for the needless deaths of tens of thousands of people around the world.
These reporters think he can win the debate. Well, perhaps, with their help, he can.