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....al Qaeda terrorists at Guantanamo receive better medical treatment than our veterans? That's what J.D. Gordon reported in his article posted last week at Foxnews.com:

"President Obama finally addressed the nation Wednesday about the growing scandal at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. After meeting with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki he pledged to hold folks accountable.

Thanks, Mr. President.

By now most American have heard about the VA’s infamous patient “secret wait lists” which reportedly contributed to the deaths of up to 40 veterans in the Phoenix area alone. Those patriots were American heroes who served our country proudly. Yet they were left to die waiting to see a doctor.

Here’s another secret the White House doesn’t want you to know about the VA. Al Qaeda detainees get better medical treatment than our veterans.

Say what?

Yes, it’s true. I know because I served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005-2009 and visited Guantanamo Bay Naval Base over 30 times during those years.

Despite the fact that Al Qaeda terrorists carried out the Sept. 11 terror attacks, killing 3,000 people in America, the admitted co-conspirators and their roughly 150 fellow jihadists at Gitmo have approximately 100 doctors, nurses and health care personnel assigned to them.

Doctors and medical personnel are at their beck and call. Got a cold, a fever, a toothache, a tumor, chest or back pain, mental health issues, PTSD? No problem, come right on in. Military doctors are waiting to see you.

The VA and Gitmo eligible patient-to-health care provider ratios speak volumes.

While the Gitmo ratio is 1.5 to 1, for America’s 9 million veterans receiving VA health care and 267,930 VA employees, the ratio is 35 to 1.

But beyond the Gitmo numbers, the situation at the VA is also a bright, shining example of misguided priorities and terrible mismanagement.

In late 2008, when Obama was president-elect, he and his staff were warned not to trust the wait times reported by VA health care facilities. But instead of fixing the problem, their focus was closing Guantanamo and improving the comfort of detainees. Even though they already lived under some of the best prison conditions ever seen.

While some who see “2008” may reflexively say, “blame Bush, not Obama” the fact is that the VA’s health system has been fatally flawed for years, regardless of who has been the president.

The VA is a classic example of big government gone wild. It is America’s second largest cabinet agency after the Defense Department. Since civil service promotions are traditionally based more on seniority than performance, and it’s near impossible to fire anyone, there’s a punch-the-clock mentality that’s pervasive. Not surprisingly, there's little to no sense of urgency. So to instill incentives, the VA shells out high salaries and bonuses, deserved or not.

According to a Fox News report, Phoenix VA hospital paid staff up to $357,000 for doctor executives and $147,000 for nursing staff. On average, doctors and nurses in Phoenix make just over half those figures.

Meanwhile, the gardening budget at Phoenix VA hospital was over $180,000 in 2013. The facility also spent $211,000 on interior design over the past three years.

If any government entity ever needed a complete overhaul, it’s the VA. If it were in the private sector, it would have been shuttered long ago.

Today’s VA has near zero accountability, while labor unions fight to protect employees who aren't doing their jobs. Shinseki and his senior staff should be the first to go.

President Obama needs to refocus his priorities. There must be less time, effort and energy caring for Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Gitmo and much more attention put on caring for America's veterans.

Our veterans have served the nation proudly. In many cases they were gravely wounded during their service and now will require a lifetime of medical support. Every one of them deserves better.

J.D. Gordon is a retired Navy Commander who served as a Pentagon spokesman in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2005-09. He serves as senior adviser to several Washington-based think tanks."

See: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/05/22/al-qaeda-terrorists-at-guantanamo-treated-better-than-our-vets/

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JimmyMack commented on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 16:18 PM

Nice spin,Sebe. The truth is the Government under EVERY administration has been sticking it to Veterans and Americans for years. Michael Moore's film SICKO in 2007 showed these same disparities in health care amongst the American populace and terrorists incarcerated at GITMO under W the Boy King's reign. ACA is designed to address this TWO PARTY failure regarding health care.


sebekm commented on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 16:24 PM

Spin? This retired Navy commander is laying the problem exactly where it should be placed: ON THE DESK OF THE CURRENT COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.

It is no excuse to say "everybody has done it" - especially when you have been as hypocritical as Obama the Senator who identified the exact problem; and Obama the Candidate who pledged to FIX IT.

Ron Fournier says it best in his article titled: "Quiz: How Dumb Does Obama Think We Are?"

Here's the operative part:

"In Obama's defense, he inherited a dysfunctional VA, and the agency has been overwhelmed by veterans returning from two wars he is winding down. But he pledged to reform the VA after blasting the Bush administration in 2007. Instead of getting better, the health care bureaucracy has worsened and become corrupted. Long delays are covered up and veterans are dying while awaiting care.

It's a policy travesty magnified by an insulting public relations strategy."


JimmyMack commented on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 16:39 PM

And as evidenced by Moore's film SICKO, as noted above, this has been a fire burning out of control during many administrations, Republican and Democrat. It is just politically expedient to now blame this tragedy on the present Democratic incumbent POTUS. This is NOT solely the fault of Democrats nor this present POTUS.

It's convenient now for Republicans to be screaming like banshees and blaming any and all fault with Government and services to Veterans and other Americans. It plays well to their core base. And lest we forget, those mid-term elections are rapidly approaching. Might as well pile on the cow dung while there exists 'opportunity' to do so.

sebekm commented on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 16:43 PM

No, it is not solely the problem of Democrats, but DEMOCDRATS ARE IN CONTROL NOW - and it is not an excuse to say "it has always been that way." This issue is consistent with the way the Democrats deal with most social issues, i.e., take care of the perpetrators better than the way they take care of the victims; nothing is anybody's fault, and if we just throw more money at the problem it will go away; and if not, then it's BUSH'S FAULT.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 16:59 PM

I respectfully disagree. I am not making 'excuses'. I am merely noting the reality of the situation. The ACA is an attempt to try and rectify this ongoing travesty. Fanning the partisan political fires is an opportunistic ploy of the Conservative Right and Anti-Obmama-ites.

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 22:00 PM

Jimmy may I respectfully add that Obama didn't fix the VA problems that were specificly given to him is because he was too busy blowing up the building instead of fixing the hole in the roof. In regards to healthcare(UCA).

sebekm commented on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 13:49 PM

The reality of the situation is that on this issue, OBAMA IS HOLDING THE BAG. He has had five years to deal with a problem he identified as a Senator and as a Presidential candidate, and the problem has only gotten exponentially WORSE.

The only reason Obama fired Shinseki is that he was boxed in by OVERWHELMING public opinion. The American people no longer trust his judgment, and he FINALLY got the message and did what WE THE PEOPLE wanted. Hopefully this will be a harbinger of things to come over the next 2 1/2 years. It will help if the GOP takes over the Senate in November.

In retrospect, Shinseki was the absolute WRONG ANSWER to lead the VA. He's the guy who active duty Army folks will remember ordered the DUMB change to black berets. Finally - after he was gone from active duty but still in D.C. - the Army got a Chief of Staff with the guts to overturn the policy. Shinseki was told by just about everyone that making the change was a stupid idea, but he did it anyway because he could. (Sound familiar? He's Obama's type of guy.) Fortunately for veterans everywhere, he's out of there. Let's all hope the replacement isn't just another bureaucratic/crony appointment like Shinseki, Geithner, Holder, etc.

Sheran commented on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 20:57 PM

Here's more proof of "Obama Lies"!


sebekm commented on Sunday, Jun 01, 2014 at 13:22 PM

Yes - the situation is terrible. The problem is that Senator and Candidate Obama acknowledged the problem prior to his election as President, and then his transition team was reminded by the Bushies in 2009. So what was such a HORRIBLE problem was allowed to fester for five-plus years. AND NOW THEY BLAME BUSH?

We The People ain't buying it.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Jun 02, 2014 at 17:43 PM

The problem has been known for quite some time to members of Congress who have a record of not passing funding or remedial measures to address the VA tragedy. The buzzards regarding the VA are not ONLY coming home to roost NOW. They have been flying in and out of the Republican dominated Congressional windows for YEARS prior to Obama.

That is real and it is the truth.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 16:30 PM

Obama is the President. He knew about the problem before he became president: he pounded Bush on it repeatedly, and made it an issue in his first campaign. Then when he got elected: NOTHING.

Obama brags about doing things with a phone and a pen. If he REALLY cared about the problems in the VA system, he would have used his phone and pen. Instead, he chose to focus on homosexuality, climate change, and ObamaCare - three "initiatives" that ranked EXTREMELY low on the priority of the American people in general, and near ZERO on the priority scale of the military and veterans in specific.

Democrats use the military for social experiments and pay lip service to their needs when it suits the Dems political objectives. Period. Veterans and the military know who has their backs, and who stabs them in the back. The VA scandal and the "prisoner exchange" fiascoes precisely demonstrate reality for the Democrats.

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