“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

"I don't do barracks inspections at Walter Reed."

Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, Walter Reed's commander from 2005 to 2007, responded when asked about the squalid conditions there: "I don't do barracks inspections at Walter Reed."

Army Chief of Staff Peter J. Schoomaker told the committee that the reports and audits did not come to his attention, but he said it is now clear that there is a much bigger problem in military health care. "I couldn't be madder, and I couldn't be more embarrassed and ashamed of the kinds of things that have turned up, because clearly it's not what my impression would have been based upon the feedback that I've gotten as I've talked to soldiers and the family...Washington Post

The Pentagon and Washington will first corner the fall guy, form a commission, bluster and blather and then probably do a little but not much.


  1. The General's crass attitude speaks for itself.
    Bet he preinspected his own quarters.
    Doubt if they were be found lacking.

    Should be reduced in rank, to Lt., and retired.

  2. Cash makes such strange bedfellows.

    Isn’t this odd? Malkin is so incensed with Coulter’s “faggot” comment that she has threatened not to appear in future in any venue with her. Indeed, Ms. Malkin is so put out with Ms. Coulter that she supports the contents of a blog petition/letter demanding that Ms. Coulter never be invited to CPAC again. However, the virtuous Ms. Malkin has no apparent difficulty writing for, where Coulter is the most “forwarded” writer.

  3. "Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, Walter Reed's commander from 2002 to 2004"

    So, is it just me, or is it 2007?

  4. LTG Kiley was the Walter Reed Commander from 2002-2004. When he left, MG Farmer was the commander from 2004-2006. MG Weightman assumed command in August of 2006 until releaved last week.

    LTG Kiley has been the Army Surgeon General and the Commander, Medical Command since 2004.

    I believe that LTG Kiley's comment was that as commander of Medical Command, he did not go barracks inspection.

    Also, Building 18 was not a Barracks but was a "Guest House."

    People were assigned rooms in Building 18 out of the Guest House desk in the Mologne House (the other guest house).