“From the beginning…the government should have…”

How many times have we heard now, from how many sources, about the Bush administration’s stunning failures in planning for the war?

That question has to be answered with at least one other question: are we talking about the whole clusterf*ck, or just one aspect of it? This, because the breadth and volume of the evidence shows that the failure to adequately plan, for known and unknown contingencies, was systemic, from the top down, across the entire enterprise. This is sadly evident in the raft of coverage on wounded soldiers in wake of the Walter Reed scandal:

Major General Paul D. Eaton’s take-down of the administration on Real Time:

“I gotta tell you, it goes back to the very beginning of this administration’s prosecution of the war. We just didn’t prepare well at the administration level all the way down, so this train left the station in 2003.”

The New York Timesfeature on family members of profoundly brain-injured soldiers who have had to fight to get their loved ones the proper care because of the Veteran’s Administration’s lack of brain-injury treatment resources:

In general, these caregivers said that their grievously wounded soldiers had either been written off prematurely or not given aggressive rehabilitation or options for care. From the beginning, they said, the government should have joined forces with civilian rehabilitation centers instead of trying to ramp up its limited brain-injury treatment program alone during a time of war. That way, soldiers would have had access to top-quality care at civilian institutions that were already operating at full throttle and might be closer to home.

It’s obvious the administration is pressuring the armed forces to scrape the barrel and find bodies, able and otherwise, to feed the surge machine. From Salon, this story about the hasty re-classification of duty status that will send wounded Ft. Benning soldiers back to Iraq:

“I would be going basically as a number,” says Smith, who is 32. “They don’t have enough people,” he says. But he is not going to be one of those numbers until they train him to do something else. “I’m going to go to the airport, and I’m going to tell them I’m not going to go. They are going to give me a weapon. I am going to say, ‘It is not a good idea for you to give me a weapon right now.'”

UPDATED: For those that don’t want to deal with Salon, there’s a dKos diary on this last story here.


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