Thank you for your service. Now pay up.

March 12, 2009

It’s for news like this that the acronym "WTF??" was coined: the Obama administration is considering making wounded servicemen pay for their own medical care:

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. …

No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to President Obama voicing their opposition to the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration.

The groups also cited an increase in “third-party collections” estimated in the 2010 budget proposal — something they said could be achieved only if the Veterans Administration started billing for service-related injuries.

Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under “consideration.”

“A final decision hasn’t been made yet,” he said.

That they’re even considering this makes me ask again, "WTF???" "Travesty." "Farce." "Insult." All these words come to mind in a rush.

But, in the end, I’m just speechless. Surprise


Postscript on a jackass

March 12, 2009

I last wrote here about the appalling appointment of Charles "Chas" Freeman to be the head of the National Intelligence Council. Two days ago, I heard the happy news that Freeman himself had withdrawn his candidacy. What is because he realized his disgusting views on 9/11  and Tiananmen Square embarrassed the administration? Or that his suckling at the teat of Saudi and Chinese oil money might cause a major conflict of interest in his new role as a top intelligence advisor to the President?

Nope. He was forced to withdraw because he was being hounded by …wait for it… THE JEWS!!1!1!!

The effort to smear me and to destroy my credibility would instead continue.  I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country.  I agreed to chair the NIC to strengthen it and protect it against politicization, not to introduce it to efforts by a special interest group to assert control over it through a protracted political campaign.

(Emphasis added)

Code words, folks. Those are phrases out of the left-wing anti-Israel code book that, with a wink and a nod, tell listeners they should be thinking "American Jews" and "Israel." it finds it’s most "respectable" academic airing in the execrable work The Israel Lobby by Walt and Mearshimer, though you’ll find similar crap spouted by Jimmy Carter and Pat Buchanan. The charge is one of dual loyalty, an old anti-Semitic canard. The last thing we need is someone in a position of power who buys this garbage.

And it’s yet another example of the amateur-hour nature of the Obama administration. Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, appointed Freeman without consulting the White House and, apparently, never bothered to look into Freeman’s background. Of course, given the White House’s stellar record at vetting ( Geithner and Daschle, for just two good examples), it probably wouldn’t have made any difference if they had. Monkey

LINKS: Ed Morrissey.

UPDATE: An editorial in today’s Washington Post asks:

Crackpot tirades such as his have always had an eager audience here and around the world. The real question is why an administration that says it aims to depoliticize U.S. intelligence estimates would have chosen such a man to oversee them.

Good question. Could it be that they’re… incompetent? I dont know