Charming Army Brass Get Little Rebuke From Vet Care Panel

Despite slow progress since Walter Reed flap
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2008 1:59 PM CDT
Brig. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, assistant surgeon general for warrior care and transition, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Faced with little evidence of progress in caring for wounded veterans 16 months after the Walter Reed scandal, US Army generals resorted to battlefield tactics in a hearing before a House subcommittee yesterday, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post: “A tactical retreat in the face of an overwhelming enemy: the facts.” The generals fell over themselves apologizing, and disarmed the committee with flattery.

“It absolutely needs to work better,” said one general. “Some would say that we're a step slow,” said another. “I have no argument with that complaint.” One said he wanted to “thank Congress for the leadership … you provide.” Lawmakers thanked the generals for a pleasant hearing, expressed confidence in the group’s “overall positive direction,” and ended the affair quickly.