The Veterans Affairs scandal rises beyond incompetency on behalf of the President of the United States. Incompetent doesn’t even begin to describe the deliberate lie Barack Obama gave to the American public Wednesday night regarding the VA. In one sentence, that should reflect who Barack Obama truly is as a man, the President states, “I assure you, if there is misconduct, it will be punished”. This is an outright lie proved by evidence and moreover, a slap in the face to the veterans of this country.
The damming evidence came in a memorandum dated April 26, 2010, sent from the Deputy Undersecretary for Health for Operations and Management to all VA health Network Directors. The message summarized a total of 17 tactics that VA hospitals used to manipulate records four years ago.
The scandal exploded recently when a whistleblower came forward and claimed that at least 40 patients in Phoenix, Arizona, died waiting for an appointment at the local veterans hospital. The 2010 memo clearly outlines these cases of record manipulation were not episodic but instead systematic on a nationwide scandal regarding our veterans. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that today the scandal involves 26 facilities throughout the country.
Yet, this still wasn’t enough evidence for Obama to hold someone, anyone accountable. Obama further stated last night, “If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful and I will not tolerate it – period”. Acting in typical fashion, Obama claimed that he remained confident in the leadership within the VA regarding those responsible for the investigation.
That confidence is due to the man who will be leading the investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs, none other than Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
“To have the VA, a government agency, basically investigate itself”, states Colonel Allen West,” – well, how has that worked out for Operation Fast and Furious, IRS, Benghazi, and the countless other phony scandals of this most transparent adminstration”?
One doesn’t need many words to conclude that the VA scandal exemplifies Barack Obama’s entire adminstration. In sum, what he is doing now is what he has done in the past. A government agency will hold a month long investigation into its own agency regarding “secret” waiting lists that veterans were left to die on in order to profit VA officials.
This was one of the 17 tactics used to manipulate the reports, which prompted a whistleblower to blow the lid off of the scandal. The crux of the problem with this approach is simple and clear, the President of the United States would rather have more veterans die waiting for medical treatment on lists he knows exist while investigating in said lists.
It is despicable, It is deplorable and it is Barack Obama. The commander and chief is unable to make even the simplest of decision’s. He cannot and will not hold anyone accountable for his “investigation” will amount to nothing.
Except, the Veterans Affairs scandal is different than all the others. Within this scandal, time comes at the cost of lives that you and only you Mr. President, will be directly responsible for. The clock is ticking Barack.