Pelosi blame someone else

Okay, you got me. Nancy Pelosi did not indicate that George W. Bush was possibly to blame for the Bonus Army march on Washington, D.C. in 1932, but one gets the feeling after hearing her blame ‘W’ for Obama’s VA problems — problems he knew about years ago and vowed to fix — that on the right day she might do so.

The Washington Examiner reported Friday:

 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years.

Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama. “He sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago, when you have two wars over a long period of time and many, many more, millions more veterans,” she told reporters during her Thursday press briefing. “And so, I know that he is upset about it.” …

“Maybe when we go into war, we should be thinking about its consequences and its ramifications,” Pelosi said while discussing the scandal. “You would think that would be a given, but maybe it wasn’t. And so, we go in a war in Afghanistan, leave Afghanistan for Iraq with unfinished business in Afghanistan. Ten years later, we have all of these additional veterans. In the past five years, two million more veterans needing benefits from the VA. That’s a huge, huge increase.”

Where do I start? Where would the military be if its members played the blame game like members of Congress? What sort of national security would we have if the entire chain of command spent its limited time and resources coming up with creative way to blame the guy before him? If you ever wanted to know why so many military men downright loathe politicians, Nancy Pelosi’s “blame Bush” speech regarding the VA hospital scandal is a great example. What’s worse is that Bush went to Congress to get approval for both wars. Even a liberal guy like Dennis Kucinich understands the importance behind that historical fact (as inconvenient as it might be for Nancy Pelosi). But I digress.

Perhaps the best way for me to respond is by giving voice to some military guys on one of my favorite sites: Doctrine Man. I love its humor and the moderator’s eye for news, but the comments sections on many stories are often hilarious.

Here are a few responses to Nancy Pelosi’s redirect:

 

Doctrine Man VA

I have to give a hat tip to Matt Martin for the “still Bush’s fault” for the VA problems from the 1970s comment. It made me laugh and inspired the “Bonus Army” headline.

The VA is not perfect and never will be, but when a man like Obama holds himself up as the keeper of the “Sacred Trust,” then it is beyond pathetic for he and his acolytes to shift blame onto a man over five years removed from office.

Major Garret reported for National Journal May 20:

Running for president in May of 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama delivered a stem-winder on mismanagement of veterans care under President George W. Bush, recalling the story of an 89-year-old South Carolina veteran who committed suicide after being repeatedly denied access to health care.

“How can we let this happen?” Obama thundered in front of a podium in Charleston, W.Va., that read, “A Sacred Trust; Support our Veterans.” “How is that acceptable in the United States of America? The answer is, it’s not. It’s an outrage. And it’s a betrayal, a betrayal of the ideals that we ask our troops to risk their lives for.”

Well. Well.

A veteran committed suicide because he couldn’t obtain VA care. In South Carolina. The Democratic front-runner for the White House called it an outrage. And yet, when at least six veterans died due to delayed access to colonoscopies in Columbia, S.C., neither Obama nor his Veterans Affairs Department said a word. The deaths were first reported in April. At a subsequent field hearing in Columbia, one veteran testified he contracted cancer because VA doctors ignored pleas for a colonoscopy and misdiagnosed severe rectal bleeding and pain as hemorrhoids. The response from Veterans Affairs officials and, by extension, Obama? We’ll get back to you. …

“The president has been nowhere to be found,” [The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Jeff Miller (R-Fla.)] said. “The White House truly thought this would go away over time. But the pressure is mounting. Whistle-blowers are coming forward. They see strength in numbers.”

And with that, I would merely request that you watch Jon Stewart’s intellectual atom bomb explode on the VA scandal if you haven’t already. It’s a must-see.

I look forward to Nancy Pelosi’s future press conference, where she blames George W. Bush for the low moral of General George Washington’s troops in the winter of 1777.

 

 

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

14 comments

  1. There is nothing these liberal clowns won’t blame Bush for. Even sadder is that plenty of people will fall in line with Pelosi and regurgitate her comments as their own thoughts. Her district (in the Bay Area) is filled to the brim with like-minded progressives, after all.

    It’s ironic but not surprising that Obama would lambast Bush for the very same things that are currently happening under his administration. Obama claims to be outraged now but how long before he backtracks and calls it “phony?” I wouldn’t put it past him.

    Back in 2006, “enlightened” progressives such as Paul Krugman and Ezra Klein touted the VHA’s healthcare program as “evidence” that government-run healthcare (i.e. Obamacare) “works.” Krugman also blasted Mitt Romney at one point for suggesting that the VHA be privatized.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/liberals-touted-veterans-affairs-hospitals-as-evidence-government-run-health-care-works/article/2548775

    1. When I was in the Army my experience was that if you needed some sort of standard procedure (e.g., a dental checkup or eye exam) it would take forever to get an appointment. I wanted to get contacts while I was in Germany and I couldn’t get an appointment for months. And when I finally did get an appointment and managed to get the time off to go get my eyes checked out (try that in an infantry battalion) the doctor wasn’t in for my scheduled visit. He was “in the field” (whatever that meant for an eye doctor). This was in peace time, no less.

      However, if you had an emergency (e.g., appendicitis) they were on top of that. It was the weirdest thing. I ultimately went to the German private sector for my eye exam and contact prescription and had everything done in a couple weeks. Yes, my instructions for my contacts were in German…but once someone explained everything to me I was good to go. It was a very eye-opening experience, no pun intended.

    2. The doctor wasn’t in? Yeesh. That’s pathetic. And he was “in the field” during peace time. Wow. Another example of a government agency’s total incompetence. And this is the type of system that liberals wanted to force on the American people, and now have succeeded.

      We’re going to be hearing a lot more horror stories for a while, I bet. And why isn’t anyone being fired? One official got a million dollar bonus (!) instead of being fired. Shineski should be fired. If this were a privately-run organization, people would be fired, but since it’s a government outfit, that won’t happen.

  2. You know, as a parting shot once I’m done with my teacher’s class at the end of the month and he’s graded everything, I’m seriously considering providing him a link to this article in light of a comment he made of people dying because of lack of access to healthcare. Of course, I’ll conclude the message with, given how his neo-liberal ideology is just as rugged and overtly simplistic as people he likes to reduce to cardboard cut outs despite his constant saying of the phrase ‘nothing is simple,’ it’ll wash over his thick head like water over a duck’s back.

  3. If he tries to downplay the scandal, then I’ll tell him that my mom, a retired nurse and current employee of the VA, said that a patient she sees regularly was on the local news saying that the VA sent his wife a letter saying he was dead when he was quite clearly still alive.

    1. You mom must have some gut wrenching stories to tell. I’m not sure how much she shares with you, but there’s got to be a wealth of knowledge sitting in her head. My wife did a few of her rotations during medical school in a VA hospital and she had some painful stories to tell. They’ve helped me write a few parts of the book I’m working on regarding the cost of war… The experiences your mom has had are priceless. What she knows is the stuff you will almost never get from an ideological bully science fiction professor in a college classroom.

    2. Your professor sounds like a punk. He should really stick to the subject he’s supposed to be teaching instead of mouthing off about politics. I’d say that your mom has more knowledge of this than a know-it-all liberal professor ever will, since she actually is employed by the VA. That’s my beef with college professors: they think they know everything and instead of teaching they use their classes to brainwash young people.

  4. Hasn’t the Obama whitehouse submitted 5 budgets, five Pelosi voted on, with two having democratic majority in both houses of Congress?!?! Even if Bush was the boogeyman Pelosi makes him out to be, this is like blaming Jordan’s retirement on the Bulls current offensive woes….it was years ago. Didn’t Pelosi, Biden, and Hillary all vote yes to give Bush the go ahead for both theatres of war, and even Obama said some action in afganistan was justified?

    Seems to me Pelosi should look in the mirror.

    1. Didn’t Pelosi, Biden, and Hillary all vote yes to give Bush the go ahead for both theatres of war, and even Obama said some action in afganistan was justified?

      One of the things that irritates me most is how certain Democrats have tried to weasel out their past support for the war in Afghanistan. After 9/11 I can think of very few individuals who were against sending troops in their to take of al Qaeda, the Taliban, etc. When things got tough, they bailed! Now they are trying to rewrite history as if they were against it the whole time. It’s disgraceful.

  5. @Carl

    Thank you Carl. I think I just might use that link to send to my instructor as a parting shot as well.

    1. You’re welcome, Emmanuel. It’s a good link to use when liberals deny that they too believed WMDs were in Iraq and they were actually supportive of the war at the very beginning.

  6. Carl, I am a college professor…..I provide facts and let students come up with their own conclusions.

    To be fair I think I am a minority with my methods.

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