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February 27, 2007 11:48 PM UTC

ATTN: Support the Troops Fans

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  • by: JO

Let’s hear it for supporting the troops. ABC’s Bob Woodward returns to the air tonight to tell the story of his own recovery from a traumatic head injury in Iraq. He also tells about what happens to other Americans, soldiers, who suffer similar injuries.

But first, let’s take an accounting. The Pentagon says 3,019 forces have been killed in Iraq and 23,417 wounded (as of Feb. 3). The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has treated 200,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, including 73,000 mental disorders and 61,000 diseases of the nervous system. See the show to hear the explanation for the discrepency from the head of Veterans Affairs.

Moving right along, according to a review of Woodward’s report on ABC tonight (9 p.m., KMGH, Channel 7 in Denver), whereas Woodward has made a remarkable recovery, he says it’s because he received military treatment and the finest private care. Such is not the case for many, perhaps most, injured veterans who are sent home to small town hospitals where advanced treatment for brain trauma is simply not available.

Occasionally on this blog, as elsewhere, the homo sapien equivalents of Old Faithful tell us all about supporting the troops (they’re in favor). I hope they will all be watching ABC News at 9 o’clock. Following on top of the WashPost reports on conditions at Walter Reed … well, I don’t know whether they make blood pressure medication strong enough to get me through this program. The NYT review (http://www.nytimes.c…), from which the above figures are taken, damn near did me in already. And let’s not have any more free bags of horse manure about the NYT … this is Bob Woodward’s program (been there, done that), and we have plenty of biofuel to get us through this day and many more to come.

See my earlier entry, Good People Doing Nothing, for instructions on how to allow this situation to continue.

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  1. Supporting the troops isn’t limited to a particular party nor is it compliant with only those that support the war.  Perhaps you should figure out a more tasteful title for your post.

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