“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.