The crisis in the army is spreading beyond a single set of squalid out-patient quarters at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. ABC's Jonathan Karl reported that President George Bush has ordered that the entire healthcare system for active duty soldiers and veterans be scrutinized. Army brass was warned in a memo six months ago that at Walter Reed "patient care services are at risk of mission failure," Karl added.
Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey was fired by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Army Surgeon General Kevin Kiley, who was put in charge of Walter Reed by Harvey yesterday, was replaced after one day on the job. On NBC, Jim Miklaszewski's unidentified sources at the Pentagon told him that Gates decided Harvey should go when Kiley was appointed: "Gates saw Kiley as part of the problem…it showed a lack of judgment." When veterans' activists heard about the firings, "Gates' swift sword was immediately cheered," CBS' David Martin remarked. "Gates has both overruled the army and fired its leader--a stunning vote of no confidence."
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