Thursday, August 25, 2005


The inimitable Kathryn Jean Lopez:

BASE CLOSING [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
The Commission has voted this morning in favor of closing Walter Reed. We've said this before: Regardless of the merits of just merging it with Bethesda, such a bad p.r. move.

Bad PR. That's the problem. That's always the problem. See, the issue is not treating wounded soldiers in a world-class facility, as opposed to leaving them in a decrepit, outdated place. The problem is that closing Walter Reed somehow makes the administration (?) look bad. Forget the fact that Rumsfeld himself recommended the closure. From the Washington Post:

Before the vote, Commission Chairman Anthony Principi described Walter Reed as an aging facility that needs to be modernized. He said soldiers coming back from Iraq "deserve to come back to 21st century medical care." He said that building a new state-of-the-art hospital was a "no-brainer."

Makes K-Lo's comments all the more bewildering, but it lets you know where her priorities are.

Her earlier, similarly unexplained "bad PR" comments here.

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