Monday, May 26, 2014

Why Did Obama Visit Afghanistan During VA Hospital Crisis?



Like many other people, I was shocked when I woke up Sunday morning to news coverage of President Obama's visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. While I think it is always a good idea for a President to visit our soldiers in the field, the first thing that came to my mind was why is he visiting our troops right now – when the VA is in the middle of a crisis when it comes to timely treating those same soldiers when they return home? I try not to get too jaded when it comes of politics, but what we all witnessed on Sunday seemed like nothing more than a political move to reduce media attention off the growing VA scandal – which is making President Obama look bad. I am not just another Republican looking for a way to put down President Obama, but a person who voted for the man when he ran for President. Watching how President Obama has handled this growing VA hospital mess has changed my thinking about him as the commander-in-chief of our armed forces. What President Obama should do is walk the walk and stop talking the talk when it comes to taking care of soldiers both active and retired. Please, Mr. President – when you get back home, find those responsible for personally profiting at the expense of U.S. soldiers and not only fire them – but, if possible, charge them with criminal conduct - as well.

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