by Chris | December 21st, 2011
Incompetence! I just read Jim Holt’s article “Army investigation not handed over to Armed Services Committee chair for 8 months” and I am amazed at the incompetence at all levels of government.
A young bright star was extinguished on March 19, 2011. Army Spc. Rudy Acosta a 19 year old from Santa Clarita was killed by a foreign national paid to guard our troops in battle.
Mr. Holt sites a letter from our Congressman Buck McKeon which was sent to the Signal and to Leon Panetta, our Secretary of Defense. In it apparently Congressman McKeon expresses his “disappointment” about how long it took to get the report, and he “identified several areas and procedures that could be improved to prevent future insurgent attacks of this nature.”
Are you kidding me? This is absurd and patronizing first to the Acosta family and secondly to us, whom the Congressman is suppose to represent!
First, let’s fix the immediate issue. Don’t let citizens of nations that we’re at war with guard our troops. Rather have either our troops guard themselves or at least US private contractors … Duh! This is simply common sense. Would you have criminal street gangs guard our police and sheriff stations? Would you have child molesters guard our schools?
This is not a complex issue requiring committee meetings and reports. When our troops are eating meals, sleeping, or enjoying some much needed down time, they should not have to worry that the person guarding them might kill them.
Second, the bigger issue … massive governmental incompetence from our local Congressman to the Secretary of Defense.
Congressman McKeon is the “Chairman of the Committee of Armed Services” for goodness sake! Assuming he’s being truthful (which I doubt) this means that our government is completely inept. If the Chairman of the Committee of Armed Services can’t get a simple report from the military than who can?
Moreover, according to the story the report was actually completed on April 14. That means that Congressman McKeon sat on his hands for 8 months! He should have demanded that as soon as the report was completed it is to be delivered to his desk. Or at minimum McKeon should have been checking regularly on the status of the report, clearly he was not.
So what then was the catalyst causing the Chairman of the Committee of Armed Services to check on such an important report? Well, he received on Friday, December 16, the day after the Signal reported a story on this issue, and three days after McKeon’s Chief of Staff was confronted by Mr. Acosta (Rudy’s dad) at a local GOP event.
Apparently it takes public disclosure of their incompetence for the McKeon machine to do their job. Congressman McKeon has a duty to provide oversight to our military. He is our voice to protect our young men and women serving in the military. Congressman McKeon has a duty to provide answers to a grieving family in his district. He has failed on both accounts.
It’s time to vote out Congressman McKeon and replace him with someone who will do their job!