Saturday, March 3, 2007

The Buck Stops Where?

So, I have to say that it is nice to finally see accountability somewhere above the ranks of over-worked bureaucrat or low-ranking solider. After the scandalous way in which the Valerie Plame case and Abu Ghraib are handled, in which no one at any high level is held accountable by the Administration, it is nice to see someone finally doing it.

As most probably know, the Secretary of the Army, Francis J. Harvey, resigned (see MSNBC story). It seems that Defense Secretary, Robert Gates is not going to try and blame the duty officers and NCOs like his predecessor did over Abu Ghraib. Instead he says:

From what I have learned, the problems at Walter Reed appear to be problems of leadership,” Gates said. “The Walter Reed doctors, nurses and other staff are among the best and most caring in the world. They deserve our continued deepest thanks and strongest support.

And, it seems like he was behind Harvey leaving. Although I certainly have my problems with anyone in the Bush Administration, it seems like Gates is actually holding true to some of his promises to clean up the Pentagon.

Finally, the buck stops somewhere inside of this Administration.

[see WaPo article for more]


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