This morning I watched on C-SPAN as Annette McLeod testified in front of a House Committee investigating conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The investigation is the result of the fallout surrounding the Washington Post article written by Dana Priest and Anne Hull. Ms. McLeod is the wife of Cpl. Wendell McLeod who was severely wounded in Iraq. She testified along with two wounded veterans on the various problems and challenges confronting the staff at Walter Reed. I applaud Annette McLeod for her courage and ability to maintain her composure as she shared what is by all accounts an emotionally draining experience that has perhaps been exacerbated by the inadequacies at Walter Reed. This president has made a farce of the concept of national sacrifice. The only people who have truly sacrificed are the men and women fighting in Iraq along with their families back home. To think that their physical and psychological wounds have not been met with the best of what this country can offer in medical care is frightening and sad.
I applaud Dana Priest and Anne Hull for their investigative piece and I do hope that they are rewarded with a Pulitzer Prize. This is newspaper reporting at its best. Finally, thanks to C-SPAN for giving those interested access to the workings of our government without the distracting commentary of political pundits and other interested parties.