Walter Reed: Nothing new there! It’s still a *@%^-hole Hospital

TruthoutTruthout is reporting a story of a military nurse who’s sent letters and requests to General Schumacher on what the hospital’s needs are. Schumacher was the replacement for Major General George W. Weightman who was the one in charge when the news broke that our wounded soldiers were tea-bagging in their own urine and feces. What our whistle blower received as a response to his notifying General Schumacher is a backlash against him and massive amounts of infections and dangerous bacterias.

Former Army Lt. and military nurse Doug Connor sat down for an interview with Truthout reporter Geoffrey Millard to share his experience before and after the Walter Reed Medical Center scandal broke.

Encouraged by the firings of top military officials as a result of the problems at Walter Reed, Connor spoke out about the dilapidated conditions at Walter Reed. He sent a letter to Gen. Gregory A. Schumacher with recommendations for improving conditions in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where there were equipment shortages and outbreaks of infectious bacteria, including extremely dangerous drug-resistant forms of Acinetobacter baumannii, a bacterium that has been ravaging injured soldiers in Iraq and in domestic military hospitals.

Does anybody remember when they said if we “didn’t support the troops we were being unpatriotic“?!

Well here’s the GOP’s idea of “supporting the troops” and their idea behind “patriotism”.

The infection problems caused other units within the hospital to lose faith in the ICU’s ability to care for surgical patients. Because of the infections, “the kidney transplant team will not recover their patients in the surgical ICU anymore,” Connor said in the interview.

According to Connor, his recommendations were not acted upon. Instead, he claims that he was retaliated against. “I thought he would thank me for letting him know where there were areas that needed to be fixed … I have been retaliated against because of the letters that I have sent out. It is pretty transparent … Everyone that has seen what happened around me is just like ‘yeah, they’re going after you.'”

FruitFly 6It just makes you wanna stand up and salute that Commander of Chief of ours, don’t it?!

Yeah… Those Republicans sure deserve a lot of respect for their “leadership skills”.

UPDATE: Since too few bother reading the COMMENTS section, it’s worth posting this one front and center.

Ms Marcie Hascall Clark from  left this tiny tidbit of extra happy news:

The Acinetobacter baumannii that Conner brought up in this interview is a problem they could have contained back in 2003 if they had put as much effort into cleaning up their act as they did trying to cover up the mess.
The Acinetobacter baumanni from the military evacuation system from Iraq has spread throughout the military health system, the VA health system, the NIH, and on to civilian hospitals all across the US and to the countries of the coalition.
They fast tracked this bug, along with MRSA and some others, to extreme drug resistance. The military strains of Acinetobacter baumannii have grown resistant to every anti microbial available.
Check it out at

…It would appear that not only has Bush’s complete incompetence in leadership has left us in a lose-lose situation in Iraq, but has also stupidly introduced a wickedly harmful slew of foreign bacteria into our own health care system and consequently; our society.

We’ll forever remember the stupidity of this President and the Republicans for which he stands…