Where were the brass at the VA trauma center opening?

posted at 3:35 pm on July 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration made a lot of promises to veterans about improving post-service care and cleaning up the problems associated with VA hospitals, and politicians of both parties make a lot of noise about supporting the wounded warriors.  While a private group raised $65 million and opened a new Center of Excellence for traumatic brain injury — based on a bipartisan effort started in 2007 — few top officials from either party or the military attended the ceremony that completed the bequest to the Veterans Administration.  Leslie Gelb wonders why:

It was inauguration day for the nation’s most modern facility for the treatment of active-duty soldiers and veterans suffering from brain injuries and psychological disorders—5,000 of them with families on hand. At the podium in Bethesda, Maryland, stood Arnold Fisher, the chief fundraiser for this precious center that may need to care for hundreds of thousands of victims, searching in vain for one White House official, one Cabinet officer, one member of the Joint Chiefs, one senator. He found none. And he asked again and again, “Where are they?”

Where were they? President Obama was in meetings and having a hamburger lunchwith Russian President Medvedev. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also at these meetings, though not at the hamburger shop in Virginia. Michelle Obama, who has made caring for military families one of her top priorities, couldn’t make it; she was said to have given her final “no” at the last minute. She was accompanying Mrs. Medvedev on a visit to the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in D.C., where they watched a dance performance. Vice President Joe Biden also met with Russians and with Israelis. Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent his deputy William Lynn III. All four Joint Chiefs sent their deputies. General Eric Shinseki, secretary of Veterans Affairs, couldn’t make it. Not one among the legions of pro- and antiwar hooting senators could find the time. Only two members of the House of Representatives found their way to the ceremony. …

The victims of battle shock and their families in attendance that day, June 24, needed no convincing. And without doubt, they were surprised—no, stunned—by the truancies. The absences certainly stunned members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the group that raised the $65 million for the facility. This group also funded and built another notable and unique facility, the Center for the Intrepid, in San Antonio, Texas. It was dedicated in 2007 to amputees and burn victims. A related group, the Fisher House Foundation, has funded and constructed some 45 houses around the United States and abroad that enable families of military personnel receiving treatment to stay by the sides of their loved ones. (Last year, Obama donated $250,000 of his Nobel Prize money to the Fisher House Foundation. It was his largest donation from his Nobel largesse.) Top officials from the George W. Bush administration had attended that 2007 opening. So did Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton, who each donated to the center and were there to bless its opening.

Actually, the truancies extended to the media as well.  Gelb notes that only Rachel Maddow gave any television attention to the opening and Fisher’s complaint about the lack of official attention.  It seems that no one wanted to cover the good news, and in fact it mainly went unnoticed.

Why would that be?  In 2007, of course, the military actions overseas were a lot more controversial, and both parties jockeyed for political positioning on both the wars and their aftermaths for veterans.  Democrats and Republicans alike wanted to be seen as supportive of veterans (and, in fact, both parties have been over the last several years), to some extent as a proxy for arguing over the war.  In 2010, that political battle has mainly ended as a Democratic President ramps up the fighting in Afghanistan and maintains the withdrawal schedule set by George W. Bush for Iraq.  And with the fading of that debate, the issue of veterans’ treatment also seems to have faded in importance for those within Washington DC.

Give Gelb an attaboy for pointing this out — and Maddow as well.  The absence of Shinseki is the most egregious, but there’s plenty of blame left over for the Obama administration, other military officials, and Republicans on the Hill, too.  This kind of good news, showing that the private sector approach to raising the funds necessary for treating the long-lasting effects of combat can make a big impact, should have gotten a lot more attention from everyone involved.

Update: Apparently, John McCain made it to this event as well.  He was on Don Imus’ show broadcast live from the center that morning.


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Michelle Obama, who has made caring for military families one of her top priorities, couldn’t make it; she was said to have been given her final “no” by President Obooba at the last minute. She was told that she would be accompanying Mrs. Medvedev on a visit to the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in D.C., where they watched a dance performance.

Akzed on July 19, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Vacations, concerts and Broadway shows are so much cooler!

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

The news media trumpeted the number of people killed, yet never mentioned are the wounded and maimed. The number of wounded is staggering. No tally has been kept of the number who have lost arms, legs, eyesight, or suffered head trauma.

If it’s never reported, then it never happened, right?

Skandia Recluse on July 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

How insulting to our veterans.

becki51758 on July 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

And we’re surprised HOW (repeated comment ad nauseum)?

Amendment X on July 19, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Sorry, we can’t make it. Not a good photo op.
– The President of the United States

rogerb on July 19, 2010 at 3:42 PM

It’s not like he just missed a wreath laying or anything.

portlandon on July 19, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Eating waffles, and vacations. Can’t be bothered!

capejasmine on July 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Did he have another basketball game scheduled, like in Germany?

kingsjester on July 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Imus was there and broadcasting live So was Senator John McCain.

Imus asked Senator John Kerry (D) to be his guest, but John Kerry staff told the Imus producers he was too busy.

Imus was also involved with the hospital they built down in San Antonio,Texas, for returning wounded missing limbs etc…

Dr Evil on July 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Vacations, concerts and Broadway shows are so much cooler!

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

So True…

WhoU4 on July 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Well, what the hello dolly was Biden doing?

Oh yeah, too busy blaming the Republicans for sumtin’ . . .

BigAlSouth on July 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Hold on now, the big party at the White House tonight isn’t going to arrange itself; priorities.

As far as Im concerned, every last senator, congressman, member of the Joint Chiefs, PBHO and Biden should have been there.

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 3:49 PM

The center is now entirely the responsibility of both the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, the former for the active-duty personnel and the latter for the vets. Fisher and the Intrepid group raised all the money privately from thousands of Americans and got the center constructed privately as well. Every dollar went to the facility; nothing for the group. The Intrepid people brooked no government interference in procurement or construction. They just got the job done. And then… they turned over the keys to the government.

Is it possible that those missing are waiting for the official opening day?

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM

The news media trumpeted the number of people killed…

Wrong, the news media distorts the number of dead and reports it in a manner that the consumer takes it as a KIA. If a guardsmen in his 50s has a heart attack, he is reported as killed. If a young soldier dies of heat stroke, he is reported as killed. They count soldiers who die in Kuwait as “killed in Iraq”.

The true number killed be enemy action in Iraq and Astan is much, much lower than the number reported.

Blarg the Destroyer on July 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM

They must not have been serving fast foods and other things MO says she doesn’t like (yeah, yeah…. look at that caboose.)

If they served ice cream, burgers and fries the top boys might have been there. Throw in a Commie or two, and Berry would be there in a heart beat.

Cody1991 on July 19, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Sorry, this is the part I meant to copy.

The center is ready for operations. It lacks an opening date. The Pentagon has appointed a director who is slated to serve less than a year before retirement—and is therefore an odd choice to establish such a complicated operation.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 3:51 PM

If you can’t up put a giant “Paid For By The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act” sign at the event, the MSM and the Zero Regime have no reason to publicize it.

Private enterprise money? Oh puh-leeze.

Cicero43 on July 19, 2010 at 3:51 PM

“This kind of good news, showing that the private sector approach to raising the funds necessary for treating the long-lasting effects of combat can make a big impact…”

.
And therein lies the problem for this administration.

mrt721 on July 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

CIC

Akzed on July 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Menu A:

Honor your Military

Menu B:

Have a concert, see a game, go golfing, photo op! Kobe beef dinner with arugula salad, a nice relaxing massage in prep to jet off to another photo op showing lithium batteries. Back on AF1 to pack for another vay-cay. 30 second brief on Gulf Oil Spill and devastation of the Gulf Coast; then off for a quick teeth whitening, a few more photos and cap the evening off with a fine sherry and a nice cigar.

Obama’s choice? Menu B.

Key West Reader on July 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Oh, snap!

John Kerry could have been there, but he probably doesn’t have any more medals to throw at anyone.

Cody1991 on July 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 3:51 PM

I did a poor job quoting that part in the Headlines but that is the part of the story that got to me the most- who puts a person in charge of running a brand new facility who has less than a year til retirement? And then hardly any communication between the government and the Fisher house group? Criminal.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Private Sector = Getting the job done.

Big Goverment = Lets put a commission together to study it and waste Tax Payer money while we’re at it. Oh and we will give a lot of lip service.

Enogh said

USMCDevilDog on July 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM

If you can’t up put a giant “Paid For By The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act” sign at the event, the MSM and the Zero Regime have no reason to publicize it.

Private enterprise money? Oh puh-leeze.

Cicero43 on July 19, 2010 at 3:51 PM

and

mrt721 on July 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Exactly. You don’t expect the Obambi administration to go “off message” about how Uncle Sugar is the only one who really “cares” about healthcare, do you?

As for other republicans not showing up (other than McCain), well, republicans never miss an opportunity to show what kind of idiots they are.

Wanderlust on July 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Here is the problem, it is the tip of the iceberg.
We all want Republicans to take over and turn things around…but look, they act the same as the dems.
This was a huge opportunity for the Republicans to embarrass the dems to show that the Republicans care more then the dems.
But they didn’t. This is what worries me, are all politicians the same?
I can’t believe we missed this window, the RNC is inept, but the individuals should have been aware.
What a shame…what a horrible shame…

right2bright on July 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM

The Intrepid Heroes Fund and the facility is the brainchild of Piers Morgan, whom most know from being a judge on some sort of talent show. A British citizen, who has had some problems in his own reporting of the war when he was in the news business is the major sponsor of this. Go figger.

Just A Grunt on July 19, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM

June 24th was the official opening day that’s the day they handed over to the Department of Defense…Imus was joking because the audience was made up of Army soldiers he called them his hostages because he felt they had been ordered to attend….Imus asked Senator John Kerry (D) Vietnam Vet to attend his broadcast but the only answer Imus’s producers got back from John Kerry’s staff was that he was too busy.

There was a great interview with:

U.S. Army Capt. Adrian Veseth-Nelson and his wife Diana Veseth-Nelson on the challenges getting help for traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.
The Challenges of Living With Traumatic Brain Injuries, PTSD

Where was the rest of the media?

Dr Evil on July 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM

sad.

ted c on July 19, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Or maybe they all missed it because, they were all on vaction with CBS’s Bob Schieffer! Yes that’s the ticket. They were on vaction. With Bob Schieffer

USMCDevilDog on July 19, 2010 at 4:07 PM

God Bless our brave Men and Women of our Armed Forces.

USMCDevilDog on July 19, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Dr Evil on July 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM

I obviously misunderstood. I thought that official opening date had not be announced. Wouldn’t you think that invitations would have been sent out and there would have been some kind of command change ceremony for the new director? Maybe there was and Mr. Gelb is just being nice but not releasing the RSVP’s.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM

When I tried to copy and paste, the whole article kept highlighting. It does seem goofy to chose a director soon to retire, shouldn’t there be someone that can stay for a while and provide continuity?

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Obama thinks all charity comes from government, and only he knows who is deserving of government largess.

tarpon on July 19, 2010 at 4:11 PM

As much of a doofus as Joe Biden is, he was known to show up at veterans’ funerals here in Delaware. He actually showed up at a friend’s father’s funeral once (he was a WW II vet), and Biden was not a family friend. It’s disappointing that he missed this.

0bama is another story. I expect this kind of thing from him.

UltimateBob on July 19, 2010 at 4:12 PM

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM

I am an Imus Fan, I am a regular viewer, he probably started promoting the grand opening of the center, and who was attending a month before the event. Early in the week he was complaining to Bernie about the response from Senator John Kerry’s staff.

My husband is an Army Veteran of 27 years, and his brother is still active duty Army. I have always been appreciative of Imus and Mr Fisher, Mr White, Mr Santulli advocating for our American Military Service Members Treatment Needs.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Sorry I responded to wrong person, that was a response for you.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

God, and the Soldier, we adore,
In times of peril, not before.
Danger passed, and all things righted,
God is forgotten; the soldier slighted.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Bishop on July 19, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Not only should they have been there…

… They should have been on their hands and knees thanking the soldiers, and their families, as well as begging for forgiveness.

Seven Percent Solution on July 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

They and their dogs and ponies haven’t earned the right or deserve to be at these things after this.

docflash on July 19, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Dr Evil on July 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Unfortunately I don’t live where I can get Mr. Imus, but I have always liked him. I guess as long as the facility gets the support and the funds we will just have chalk it up to their loss. Except maybe the media because 1) I can’t stand them and 2) the public has the right to be informed. It’s the media’s job, though you’d be hard put to know it.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:23 PM

coldwarrior on July 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

That’s very beautiful. And I am very happy to see you commenting here more often. You have been missed.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:23 PM

The Intrepid Heroes Fund and the facility is the brainchild of Piers Morgan, whom most know from being a judge on some sort of talent show. A British citizen, who has had some problems in his own reporting of the war when he was in the news business is the major sponsor of this. Go figger.

Just A Grunt on July 19, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Mr. Morgan is a supporter of the fund but he is not the brainchild behind it. Mr. Fischer and Mr. Santulli created it.

Interesting fact: one of the biggest financial backers of both centers? Rosie O’Donnell.

SnarkVader on July 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Bill White was always coming on the Imus in the Morning he was one of the chief fund raisers and when they got near the end it was Bob Barker from Prices Right that put them over the top so they could break ground. They came both came on Imus In The Morning to announce they had collected the necessary funds.

I don’t know why no one from the Administration or Congress came that morning, and availed themselves of some good will. After all this Administration has recently decided on a troop surge in Afghanistan. Afghanistan where they are using IEDs and other types of bombs to target our troops. You would think they would have at least sent “1″ person and John Kerry is a revolving guest on Imus, NOT even a phone in appearance.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Did he have another basketball game scheduled, like in Germany?

kingsjester on July 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Glad I’m not the only one who remember how the evil clown cancelled the event at Landstuhl back in 2008. As I recall, he no-showed our wounded soldiers when the DoD decided that the visit can’t be a election campaign event.

year_of_the_dingo on July 19, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Good for Mav. A very hesitant pat on the back.

abobo on July 19, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Test…

CPL 310 on July 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM

This is getting frustrating. Can we please get a list of words that will trigger the comments to be refused?

CPL 310 on July 19, 2010 at 4:58 PM

This is why I can’t work up any real anger at Sen. McCain. I appreciate his attendance.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2010 at 4:59 PM

God, and the Soldier, we adore,
In times of peril, not before.
Danger passed, and all things righted,
God is forgotten; the soldier slighted.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Thanks for that coldwarrior. May I remind you of this old gem.

Tommy Atkins by Rudyard Kipling

I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-’alls,
But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;
While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind”,
But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind,
There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir”, when there’s trouble in the wind.

You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!

Extrafishy on July 19, 2010 at 4:59 PM

I’m not writing anything about Han Solo’s copilot, or that thing that happened in the 1770s – y’know, that thing that revolved. I’m getting really confused as to which word in my post attempt was verboten.

CPL 310 on July 19, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Maybe because the second thing he did as pres was to tell us vets to pay for war wounds with private insurance – as an effort to attack insurance companies and f*ck the military – since he hates both.
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/03/12/obama-va-lets-charge-vets-for-care-on-service-related-injuries/

Even John Stewart got that right – but didn’t figure out that Obama really does hate the military (and business).

I’m surprised y’all here at Hotair didn’t remember it.


It’s no surprise Shinseki wasn’t there. He’s a piece of sh*t all around. Guys who served when he was commanding army units tend to think of him as slightly less than a piece of sh*t.

CPL 310 on July 19, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Bo was scheduled to represent the first family but apparently there was a scheduling conflict with ArF-1.

pain train on July 19, 2010 at 5:07 PM

CPL 310 on July 19, 2010 at 5:03 PM

But ya gotta remember with fondness that it was Shinseki who raised the entire Army’s self-esteem when he gave them all Ranger berets…

/s

coldwarrior on July 19, 2010 at 5:10 PM

This kind of good news, showing that the private sector approach …

I think you answered your own question there.

KS Rex on July 19, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Maybe if we were to e-mail Rachel Maddow and thank her for covering this, she would do more things like it. After all, there can’t be any harm in giving positive reinforcement for covering our “side”, right?

TeresainFortWorth on July 19, 2010 at 5:19 PM

TeresainFortWorth on July 19, 2010 at 5:19 PM

This is her blog link. Maddow was in Afghanistan about a week ago, and she did interview Holebooke about the civilian – State Department side in Afghanistan. She put some of the Afghanistan Video up on her blog but I don’t think she put up the Holebrooke Interview. The Holebrooke Interview was actually informative.

When she was reporting from and about Afghanistan, she only had the nicest things to say about the U.S. Military Personal.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Here is part of the Holebrooke Interview.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/07/13/4671788-web-exclusive-deciding-who-is-a-terrorist-

Maddow did some good reporting from Afghanistan she was in Kabul and Kandahar.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/07/12/4664917-web-exclusive-getting-around-in-afghanistan

Dr Evil on July 19, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Have no fear, like the monika lewinsky’s boyfriends administration years,

the troops know where they stand with this guy too

They will endure and they will prevail

just you remember when it comes voting time those who were there sticking up for you in places you never heard of and remember who was to busy to give a care because there was golf to be played and parties to host……..

The troops know. they know.

RealMc on July 19, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Give Maddow an attaboy for pointing this out as well…

heh…

garry on July 19, 2010 at 6:01 PM

But ya gotta remember with fondness that it was Shinseki who raised the entire Army’s self-esteem when he gave them all Ranger berets…

I’m just a Navy rescue swimmer, not an Army Ranger, and the move to the berets infuriated me. I can’t imagine seeing thousands of soldiers being issued what I broke myself to earn. It’d be like handing out Aircrew wings to every single Sailor.

Troika37 on July 19, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I am a veteran and I am outraged by what happened here!

This administration has no shame whatsoever!

pilamaye on July 19, 2010 at 6:41 PM

pretty sad….

cmsinaz on July 19, 2010 at 7:44 PM

CIC

Akzed on July 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Little John did a much better job.

IowaWoman on July 19, 2010 at 8:03 PM

The Obama administration made a lot of promises to veterans about improving post-service care and cleaning up the problems associated with VA hospitals, and politicians of both parties make a lot of noise about supporting the wounded warriors.

That’s all it ever was, and all that it ever will be. Veteran’s healthcare will never get better.

If they were serious, they would do an A-76 Study.

Bottom line, who can give quality, cost effective Veteran healthcare; the system you have now, or the private sector for example such as Banner?

Apparently, John McCain made it to this event as well. He was on Don Imus’ show broadcast live from the center that morning.

Yeah that’ll fix it

BDU-33 on July 19, 2010 at 8:26 PM

God, and the Soldier, we adore,
In times of peril, not before.
Danger passed, and all things righted,
God is forgotten; the soldier slighted.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Well said.

BTW I am glad to see you posting again. I have missed your insights.

onlineanalyst on July 19, 2010 at 8:39 PM

True to form. Did everyone forget Obama’s last minute cancellation of his visit to Landstuhl Medical Center at Ramstein, Germany when he was running for POTUS?

Jim M. on July 19, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Shame on all of those damnable bums! Shame for the mosque on Ground Zero! Shame on admitting Stalin`s bust to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia! (Weren`t no ruskies on that particular beach!)

Sherman1864 on July 20, 2010 at 4:13 AM

In the end this is a story about governmental failure, and private charity helping fill the chasms. Do you really expect big government types to show up for that, except when trying to get elected as a conservative.

Extrafishy on July 19, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Kipling really knew his stuff. My more modest attempt.

The wolf calls to the dog
. The sheep are foolish
. They think the world is peaceful
. They resent your presence amongst them
The dog answers
. Yes
. That is my gift to them

Slowburn on July 20, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Thanks Ed

Dr Evil on July 20, 2010 at 10:52 AM

of course, since it was a private initiative and not a big govt one that Comrade O could brag about…

jimver on July 20, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Glad to see these new facilities being opened. As a wife to a Vet, what I’d REALLY like to see is higher standards for the actual care.

But this is a great start.

Jewels on July 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM