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Army called to Report on MEDEVAC Failure in Afghanistan

07 November 2011

This morning, I emailed to the office of Congressman Mike Pompeo asking for a phone conversation.  His office informed me that the Army will appear before Congress to address the MEDEVAC failure in Afghanistan.  The email follows:


Sir - the Army will be reporting to Congress in the near future on this matter.  I do not see value in a conversation prior to the official response.


Sincerely,

James L. Richardson
Legislative Director
Office of Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS-04)
107 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6216 (o)
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This is outstanding news.  But we are far from there.  Please post this widely, asking everyone you know to sign this White House petition.

Please make sure to read the latest dispatch and to watch the video of the MEDEVAC failure.

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+1 # austenlennnon 2011-11-07 09:05
James L Richarson needs a lesson in manners. I wonder if Pompeo knows that his Director speaks for him regarding these matters....
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+2 # sjw54 2011-11-07 09:21
To be honest with you that letter sounds like a brush off to me.........like they are not REALLY ready to address the urgency of the issue. I hate those letters from their assistants. Let us pray that 'the near future' is actually true........tim e is of the essence! The late responses of medical care is tragic and inexcusable. Mike, thank you so much for forcing the issues that need to be dealt with immediately.... ....
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+1 # Rudy 2011-11-07 09:25
Unbelievable response from a legislative hack - curt, unresponsive and totally disrespectful = FAIL.

An hour over the phone between you and the Congressman would have done wonders to ensure no deception made it through the Congressional inquiry.

Hooyah
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+1 # Michael Yon 2011-11-07 09:36
In fact, it definitely was a brush off. But here it is. (Especially so given the emails that led to this one.)

Brushed off, but not brushed under.
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# Robert Simmers 2011-11-07 09:46
MY COMMENT IS TOO LONG ???????????? Fine - too bad I wasted my time blasting Richardson, while the rest of you cry to each other. I guess that is what these comment are for ? Telling each other "woe is us" instead of doing something useful about it. Probably over my lim
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# Webmaster 2011-11-07 10:17
From the Webmaster: Mr. Simmers, I do apologize for the aggravation. I have increased the limit from 1000 characters to 2000 characters.
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# Janice Stroud 2011-11-07 11:07
Exactly what I said to MR Richardson in my email to him about his reply to Michael, was he actually a paid member of the Congressman's staff ?
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# Beverly 2011-11-07 11:08
Tried many times to sign pettion. I kept getting 'page unable for viewing at this time'. I hope it means that a lot of people are signing the pettition.
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# Jim Gonzales 2011-11-07 12:29
Keep trying. I had problems the first day I tried to sign it also.
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# kburcham 2011-11-07 16:09
I worry about Michaels safety. Lots of people mad in the military, toes stepped on by Michael.
Lots of evil people in this world. Michael knows this.
kgburcham
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+1 # RB 2011-11-07 20:20
Looked more like a FY MIke Yon. Keep hitting the paypal button, my sheeps.
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# jetdrvr 2011-11-07 23:17
I just gave him a scolding...this damned thing doesn't want to transmit...
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+1 # Dennis 2011-11-08 07:40
Signed the petition, shared with my Facebook friends, send to fox and friends, and send to the GA senators... :-) ... Let's help sour guys from back home!
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# Michael Yon 2011-11-08 09:40
Thank you, Dennis!
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# Doug 2011-11-08 11:32
And they wonder why congress has such a low approval rating!
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# dd 2011-11-08 19:06
The funny thing about the interwebnets machine Mike, is that your comments page shows 14 total comments but only 10 are visible. Where, oh where, did the other 4 go?? Respectful as they were, you seem to delete at will any questions that bring your claims into question.
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# dd 2011-11-08 19:18
That was fast Mike. Looks like the internet in Bangkok is kikn pretty fast these days.
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# dd 2011-11-08 19:30
That was fast Mike. The interwebnets must be kikn fast in Bangkok.
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# scotch7 2011-11-11 11:04
Reminds of something read recently in "The Gun" a book about machine guns, generally and the AK-47 specifically. Book HIGHLY recommended, by me FWIW.

In WW-I despite the Gatling gun existing for 50+ years, US, French and British battle doctrine was WAY behind the state of technology. Generals were still ordering soldiers to advance against the enemy, by marching in a line with rifles at parade rest and fixed bayonets.

To a German Maxim Machine Gunner, brightly uniformed soldiers marching shoulder to shoulder is a supremely target rich situation. Over 30,000 British soldiers were mowed down dead on just one very bad day. Brit generals still didn't get it that this was a different situation than that of the wars they'd studied in books and ordered a repeat of the same attack using the same tactics the following day.

This bureaucratic friction is a lot like US generals continuing to require unarmed medevac choppers to wear the red-on-white cross and having to wait for armed cover.
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# scotch7 2011-11-11 11:20
[This website has been glitchy for weeks. Here's what I tried to say above]

Reminds me of something in "The Gun" a book about machine guns generally and the AK-47 specifically. HIGHLY recommended FWIW.

In WW-I despite the Gatling gun existing for 50 years, US, French and British battle doctrine had not changed to recognize this new state of battle technology. Allied Generals were still ordering soldiers to advance against the enemy marching in a line with rifles at parade rest and fixed bayonets.

To a German Maxim Machine Gunner, brightly uniformed soldiers marching shoulder to shoulder is a supremely target rich situation. Over 30,000 were killed on just one not untypical bad day. Brit generals still didn't get it that this was a new and different situation and ordered a repeat of the same attack using the same tactics the following day.

This bureaucratic friction over arming DUSTOFF is a lot like that.
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# Webmaster 2011-11-11 11:32
From Webmaster: I do apologize for the problems with the commenting component. I am in the process of testing a replacement and hope to have it in place in the next week. Thank You WM
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# scotch7 2011-11-11 12:03
WM:

Thanks for getting right on this.

FWIW: I'm rather fond of discussion sites that have:
Preview
Edit
Delete

I have hit the max characters limit that someone else pinged. Fair to have a limit, but you should list what it is. To be told I've broken a rule AFTER I've broken it plus not having the rule published anywhere is... well let's call it impolite.

I have also seen your minimum time-between posts loop. Fair to have that too, except after a (falsely) failed Captcha code. Again I think you should publish the parameters. The cryptic little message box that blips on and out in less than a second is better than nothing but it would seem more polite to have it on screen 5x to 10x as long.

So far, the site has FAILED to accept my input on THIS message 5 times.

Bleeding edge Javascript is fun and cool, and web tech has certainly come a long way since 1995, but we're still a universe full of at least a dozen different browsers running on Macs PCs and Penguins. If you want to publish with bleeding edge stuff, you gotta test it on a lot of platforms.
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