The Inexcusables

  • Aired:  05/19/14
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In the time since the Department of Veterans Affairs' negligence came to light, the American government appears to have done little to help solve the problem. (4:41)

GENERAL SHINSEKI ANYTHINGWOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY ABOUT

THIS LATEST INSULT TO OURNATION'S VETERANS?

>> ANY ADVERSE INCIDENT LIKETHIS MAKES ME AS-- MAKES ME MAD

AS HELL.

I COULD USE STRONGER LANGUAGESURE, MR. CHAIRMAN.

BUT IN DEFERENCE TO THECOMMITTEE I WON'T.

>> NO I THINK THAT WOULD BEAN APPROPRIATE USE OF

STRONGER LANGUAGE.

PERHAPS I CAN OFFER YOUSOMETHING.

LET'S DIP INTO THE JAR ANDSEE WHAT WE'VE GOT.

MOTHER [BLEEP] [BLEEP].

>> YEAH MOTHER [BLEEP][BLEEP] DOES SEEM APPROPRIATE.

YOU KNOW, I THINK GENERALSHINSEKI, SINCE YOU'VE

HEADED UP THE VA SINCE 2009,FIVE YEARS INTO YOUR TENURE

MIGHT BE A GOOD TIME TO RACHETUP THE VOCABULARY OR

PERHAPS EVEN USE SOMENONVERBAL SIGNS

TO BETTER CONVEY THE ANGER YOUSAY YOU

FEEL BUT CAN'T USE APPARENTLYTO GET RESULTS. BECAUSE YOU

DON'T LOOK MAD. FOR INSTANCE, ACAT MIGHT PIN HIS EARS BACK.

A HARP SEAL MIGHT RAISE UPON ITS, WHATEVER THAT THING

IS THAT IT'S RAISING UP ON.BUT A HUMAN, A HUMAN MIGHT

MOVE THEIR LIPS ORFACE. YOUR'S MAD AS HELL FACE

LOOKS A LOT LIKE YOUR OH WE'REOUT OF ORANGE JUICE FACE.

(LAUGHTER)MAYBE YOU COULD TAKE A PAGE

OUT OF AUSTRALIANDESCRIBING DOG INTERACTION GUY.

>> THEY CAME BOUNDING OVER --

>> NOW THAT GUY GETS THINGSDONE.

NOW OF COURSE. MOTHER [BLEEP][BLEEP] [BLEEP]

THERE'S APPARENTLY ALEAK.

NOW SHINSEKI IS ALSO THOUGH NOTTHE ONLY ONE WHO

IS VERY ANGRY.

>> THE PRESIDENT IS MADDERTHAN HELL AND I HAVE GOT THE

SCARS TO PROVE IT.

>> OH, YEAH, NO, I'M SURETHE STORY OF HOW YOU GOT

THOSE SCARS WILL REALLYIMPRESS THE GUYS WAITING AT

THE VA FOR TREATMENT.

OH, LOST A LEG THERE TO AN IEDIN FALLUJAH.

WELL, I GOT THIS WHEN SOMESPITTLE HIT ME IN THE EYEBROW

SO-- YEAH.

NOW OF COURSE THIS TYPE OFBUREAUCRATIC TRAUMA RUNS

DEEP. THE ANGER AND SADNESS GO

BACK YEARS LIKE TO2007 WHEN THE WALTER REED FILTHY

AND NEGLIGENT VA HOSPITALSCANDAL BROKE.

>> I WAS DISTURBED BY THEIRACCOUNTS.

>> I LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE WASBOTH ANGERED AND

OFFENDED.

>> SO, I SEE WHAT IS HAPPENINGHERE.

THE DEPRESSION, THE IMPOTENTRAGE.

OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS ARECLEARLY SUFFERING FROM PBSD

POST BUREAUCRATIC STRESSDISORDER.

IF ONLY THERE WAS SOMEWHERETHEY COULD GET TREATMENT.

WELL, IT'D PROBABLY BE A LONGWAITING LIST.

IN FACT, WALTER REED WASSUCH A BIG PROBLEM OUR

PRESIDENT WAS ON IT BEFOREHE WAS EVEN PRESIDENT.

>> THEY COME HOME TO A NEWFRONT LINE OF RED TAPE AND

BUREAUCRACY.

AND THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.

>> THIS IS JUST ONE MOREEXAMPLE OF OUR FAILURE TO

LIVE UP TO WHAT WE PROFESSTO HONOR AND THAT IS

MILITARY SERVICE.

AND I THINK THAT IT'S A GOODWAY, I THINK THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTED BY IT.

>> YEAH, BUT THAT WAKE UP CALLWAS SEVEN YEARS AGO, BUT FOR

SOME REASON WE JUST KEEPHITTING THE [BLEEP]

SNOOZE BUTTON AND IT'S REALLY,HERE'S WHAT DISGUSTS ME.

SOMEHOW WE AS A COUNTRY WEREABLE TO SHIP 300,000 TROOPS

HALFWAY ACROSS THE WORLD INJUST A FEW MONTHS TO FIGHT A

WAR THAT COST US $2 TRILLION,AN AMOUNT THAT DIDN'T COUNT

TOWARDS OUR DEFICIT BECAUSEWE PAID FOR IT SOMEHOW UNDER

THE TABLE.

YET FOR SOME REASON IT TAKESLONGER THAN THAT TO GET

SOMEONE HURT IN THAT WAR,NEEDED MEDICAL CARE OR

REIMBURSEMENT.

ALL WHILE WE PROFESS UNDYINGLOVE FOR THEIR SERVICE.

>> I WANT EVERY VETERAN TOKNOW THAT AMERICA WILL

ALWAYS HONOR YOUR SERVICE.

>> THEY SERVE AND SACRIFICE.

>> THE MOST HONORABLE MENAND WOMEN.

>> THE COURAGE ANDCOMMITMENT.

>> WE APPRECIATE YOU.

WE LOVE YOU.

>> THE BEST MILITARY IN THEWORLD.

>> WE HAVE THE FINESTMILITARY IN THE WORLD.

>> SO IT'S CLEAR LOVE ANDRESPECT AIN'T GETTING THE

JOB DONE SO THERE IS REALLYONLY ONE WAY TO PUT OUR

GOVERNMENT'S FULL RESOURCESBEHIND ANYTHING.

IF YOU REALLY WANT TOIMPROVE THE LIFE OF THESE

VETERANS, I'M AFRAID WE HAVETO DECLARE A WAR ON THEM.

(LAUGHTER)>> CONGRESS, WRITE A BLANK

CHECK TO FUND OPERATIONENDURING WAIT LIST, A WAR ON

ERROR.

BECAUSE IF YOU WANTAMERICANS TO FEEL SHOCK AND

AWE, YOU'LL FIX THIS [BLEEP]THING.

[BLEEP] WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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