Last week Bush recognized “social entrepreneurs” supporting the troops and called on Americans to volunteer “to support our troops and their families.”
Yes volunteers can do many good things. Yesterday on CNN Dana Priest discussed how a volunteer was the genesis of WaPo’s Walter Reed expose…
PRIEST: It started by — a person approached me and said, “I’ve been up
there volunteering. I can’t believe what I’m hearing.” And this person
had heard it from a small number of people.
KURTZ: This was not somebody you knew?
PRIEST: No, it was not.
KURTZ: They called you out of the blue?
PRIEST: No. They knew a friend of a friend.
Also yesterday the Times Online reported that Donald Rumsfeld’s wife, Joyce, “made a surreptitious
visit” last October to Walter Reed at the urging of a concerned friend who was a volunteer there…
She attended a support meeting for the wives and mothers of soldiers known as
a “girls’ time out” and heard their complaints. At the end of the meeting,
she asked a social worker whether her husband was getting the truth about
conditions there — or whether the soldiers he met were being hand-picked to
paint a rosy picture.
They were being hand-picked, the social worker replied.
When Walter Reed officials found out that Joyce Rumsfeld had been secretly
invited, her friend — a frequent volunteer — was told she was no longer
welcome at the hospital.
I doubt these volunteers will be invited to the White House. But good on them for what they did.
And what did Rummy know and when did he know it?
UPDATE: I suppose it is possible that this is not volunteer s as in plural but the same volunteer in both instances.