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We “have created the damnedest country club in America,” one VA watchdog activist I quoted said at the time. “Whatever toys they want, they get. Nobody is watching what they spend these millions of dollars on, and obviously, no one cares.”

Fifteen years later, it’s the same old, same old. More empty excuses, feckless denials, and deadly red tape. The names change, but the game’s the same: “Support the troops” platitudes and photo-ops at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “Screw the troops” in the bowels of the VA bureaucracy, where book-cookers were busy collecting bonuses instead of saving lives. And everyone at the top refuses to resign.


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It’s self-serving government as usual. I’d ask how “hope and change” is working out for the affected veterans. But they’re not around to answer. Their chilling silence speaks volumes.
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