The hysteria over Walter Reed has progressed to the point that long-abandoned buildings are now being held up as proof that the Bush administration is manned exclusively by the spawn of Satan. A lot of bloggers have been suckered into believing that photos posted by WUSA9 show buildings in which wounded troops are being housed.A comment by “sonofdy” on a previous post contains this link that, among other useful data, provides the following information:

WRAIR moved from Building #40 [where it had been housed since 1923] to a large new facility on the WRAMC Forest Glen Annex in Maryland in 1999.

In other words, the infamous building 40 whose picture has been posted all over the blogosphere during the past 24 hours appears to have been abandoned during the Clinton Administration—eight years ago. It also appears that the guy who released these pictures did so out of frustration with the government bureaucrats rather than the private contractors. The only “manager? actually identified was the garrison commander.

Comments 3

  1. superdestroyer wrote:

    When WRAIR moved to Forest Glen, the original plan was for a private company to lease the building from the government, refurbish the building, and then lease it back to the government. The program is called a Public-Private partnership. It took the government a couple of

    When the Georgia Avenue campus was BRAC’ed, it made no sense to follow through with the plan. So the building has been sitting empty.

    I am afraid that all of the activist have figured out that all they have to do is make an accusation about either Walter Reed or military medicine and the media will report it without question.

    Posted 19 Mar 2007 at 12:06 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    Yep. Our friends in the “news? media are all too anxious to print/broadcast anything that appears scandalous. It doesn’t really matter to them if it is accurate or not.

    Posted 19 Mar 2007 at 12:33 pm
  3. superdestroyer wrote:

    When published the story about “wounded” soldiers being sent back to Iraq, my wife and I laughed about how we had both predicted this. Now, all in servicemember has to do to get Congress, the media, and the watchdogs to jump to their side is claim to be a mistreated wounded soldier. The media repeats the initial claim without any fact checking and the military cannot comment on any specifics without violating HIPAA. It makes for an almost perfect way to get out of being deployed.

    There may be some servicemembers that are ailing enough not to be redeployed but there are probably many short-timers who are going to exagerate claims to keep from being deployed.

    Posted 19 Mar 2007 at 1:20 pm

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