Bush Visits Injured Vets (Warning: Disturbing Pictures)

  1. Bush finaly comes face to face with the tragedies of his war. A pox on him and the terrorist.

    Bush Visits Injured Vets c/o Reuters.com


    If you can stomach it, google Iraq War Pictures. I'm warning you, no sane person will see these pictures and not be disturbed.
    Last edit by Alois Wolf on Nov 15, '07
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    I got halfway through and couldn't look at any more of the pictures.........with a daughter and son-in-law over there in the thick of it, I found it all too easy to imagine them in similar circumstances. And as for Bush's photo op: while I'm sure his appearance was of some comfort to the injured soldiers, all I want to do is scream "LOOK at what you've done!!"

    Yes, I know this sort of thinking is both illogical and completely useless, because we can't unring the bell. Being angry won't bring back the dead, nor will it restore lost limbs or lost innocence. But when these atrocities could happen to your own loved one at any moment, logic is not terribly comforting.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm reading a very good book by Atul Gawande (he also wrote the excellent book "Complications") called "better A Surgeon's Notes on Performance". (Yes, "better" is not capitalized).

    The chapter on "Casualties of War" is about how our military medical people have excelled at what they do during this war - the process of treating injured soldiers is fascintating. He describes the injuries too. I'm very proud of our docs and nurses and tech and support people. We've done an amazing thing.

    I'm very proud of our troops too - one local young man who is a little older than my daughter and the son of friends was recently interviewed about his service and injuries. He signed up while a junior in high school, for the army. He was trapped inside his 1151 Humvee with horrendous injuries - a compound fracture of his arm, a fractured pelvis, lacerations, bruised lungs and fluid around his heart. He has a year to 18 months of physical therapy to go. He wants to go back (he signed up for 8 years). "The worst part of coming home is that the other guys are still there".

    The photos of President Bush and our soldiers are heartwrenching - but I'm so very proud of them. They all seemed very touched by his visit - I saw true connection and compassion in the photos.

    steph
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Nov 15, '07
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Oh, those poor kids. Brings tears to my eyes.
  6. by   ElvishDNP
    Oh my goodness. It breaks my heart.
    I hate war.
  7. by   bethin
    Quote from mjlrn97;2497256 And as for Bush's photo op: while I'm sure his appearance was of some comfort to the injured soldiers, all [I
    I [/I]want to do is scream "LOOK at what you've done!!"

    Yes, I know this sort of thinking is both illogical and completely useless, because we can't unring the bell. Being angry won't bring back the dead, nor will it restore lost limbs or lost innocence. But when these atrocities could happen to your own loved one at any moment, logic is not terribly comforting.
    I screamed the same thing as I looked at these photos. I also thought in one he looked quite uncomfortable standing next to a scarred young man. I wanted to scream "Look at him! You did this!"

    But I'm going to stay positive - at least he visited the troops. And many still believe in our mission.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from bethin
    And many still believe in our mission.
    Thanks - I certainly do.


    steph
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    I no longer have a choice in the matter. As much as I hate this war, I HAVE to believe in the mission now. I have to believe that my daughter's ex-fiancee, who was KIA three years ago, didn't die in vain, and I have to believe she and my SIL aren't missing their baby's first steps, first words, first birthday for nothing. Maybe I'm telling myself happy little lies so that I can carry on with my life. But I have to do it, else I don't think I could bear having them over there, feeling the way I do about the war and the men who made it.

    But that's just me.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from mjlrn97
    I no longer have a choice in the matter. As much as I hate this war, I HAVE to believe in the mission now. I have to believe that my daughter's ex-fiancee, who was KIA three years ago, didn't die in vain, and I have to believe she and my SIL aren't missing their baby's first steps, first words, first birthday for nothing. Maybe I'm telling myself happy little lies so that I can carry on with my life. But I have to do it, else I don't think I could bear having them over there, feeling the way I do about the war and the men who made it.

    But that's just me.
    Marla - if you just read the one chapter in the book I referenced, you will be proud of our medical people over in Iraq and Afghanistan. And that might give you some comfort in knowing how good they are saving injured troops. (Head over to Barnes and Noble and read it :-)

    :icon_hug:

    steph
  11. by   Alois Wolf
    Yes, they are VERY strong leaders over there. I'm so proud to be able to one day call myself a nurse. They all deserve medals... big gold ones... with diamonds.
  12. by   EmmaG

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