Allen B. West

GITMO prisoners get better medical treatment than veterans

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In light of the despicable treatment being given to our veterans by our own government, it is appalling to find out al-Qaida detainees apparently receive far superior treatment at GITMO.

Not that I find it surprising – I’ve have been to GITMO and one of the things I noticed was the absolute “bend over backwards” treatment for these Islamic terrorists. There were multi-channel cable TVs in the common areas. Generous piles of food for the “detainees” — I prefer prisoners of war.

And now, a former Pentagon spokesman says the 150 jihadists have approximately 100 doctors, nurses and health care personnel assigned to them. That’s a doctor-patient ratio of 1.5 to 1. For America’s 9 million veterans receiving VA health care and 267,930 VA employees, the ratio is 35 to 1.

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According to JD Gordon writing for Fox News, “Despite the fact that al-Qaida terrorists carried out the Sept. 11 terror attacks, killing 3,000 people in America, the admitted co-conspirators and their roughly 150 fellow jihadists at Gitmo have approximately 100 doctors, nurses and health care personnel assigned to them. Doctors and medical personnel are at their beck and call. ”

Of course the detractors will chime in that this is an unfair comparison, and it is the principle that matters. But I dare anyone to find this acceptable.

The VA is a classic example of big government gone wild. It is America’s second largest cabinet agency after the Defense Department. Since civil service promotions are traditionally based more on seniority than performance, and it’s near impossible to fire anyone, there’s a punch-the-clock mentality that’s pervasive.

And by the way, just yesterday the U.S. Senate, under the “leadership” of Harry Reid refused to take up a piece of legislation passed in the House that would enable VA employees — including senior level ones — to be fired. According to the Senate Majority Leader’s office, they need more time to study the 4-page bill.

As Gordon writes, if any government entity ever needed a complete overhaul, it’s the VA. If it were in the private sector, it would have been shuttered long ago. Today’s VA has near zero accountability, while labor unions fight to protect employees who aren’t doing their jobs. Shinseki and his senior staff should be the first to go.

Indeed, this is such an important issue that President Obama gave a weak vanilla speech and then whisked off to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown – I guess he’s got his priorities straight. It’s certainly obvious we pay more attention to those whose sole raison d’être is to kill Americans — rather than those whose sole purpose is to defend Americans and our way of life.

Our veterans certainly deserve better treatment than GITMO prisoners of war and America deserves a better president than the one we’ve got.

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