I read this article and thought that it would fit in our discussion of personal responsibility and the advancement of everything wrong in this great nation of ours.
The article was written by Craig Whitlock, Missy Ryan and Greg Miller on April 23. The title-Obama apologizes for attack that killed two hostages
“A CIA drone strike in January that was aimed at a suspected al-Qaeda compound in Pakistan accidentally killed two hostages, including a kidnapped American, U.S. officials acknowledged Thursday.
U.S. officials said they did not realize until weeks later that two civilians had died in the attack — kidnapped aid workers Warren Weinstein of Maryland and Giovanni Lo Porto of Italy — despite assurances from the CIA at the time of the operation that only al-Qaeda fighters were present.
The CIA had been conducting surveillance on the site near the Afghan border for hundreds of hours, U.S. officials said.
But the spy agency later discovered the strike had also killed a second U.S. citizen, Ahmed Farouq, who U.S. officials said had joined al-Qaeda years earlier and was among the suspected militants at the compound.
After the CIA slowly pieced together what had happened, the spy agency’s director, John Brennan, delivered the news to President Obama last week. On Thursday, in brief remarks from the White House, a grim and downcast Obama informed the nation of the botched operation.”
“As president and as commander in chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations, including the one that inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovanni,” Obama said. “I profoundly regret what happened. On behalf of the United States government, I offer our deepest apologies to the families.”
Weinstein, 73, had been held since 2011 after being kidnapped in Lahore, Pakistan. Lo Porto, 39. had been in al-Qaeda captivity since 2012.
Obama said he spoke Wednesday with Weinstein’s wife, Elaine, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to inform them.
In a statement, Elaine Weinstein said Thursday that she and her family were “devastated” by the news and “do not yet fully understand all of the facts surrounding Warren’s death.”
“We were so hopeful that those in the U.S. and Pakistani governments with the power to take action and secure his release would have done everything possible to do so and there are no words to do justice to the disappointment and heartbreak we are going through,” she said Earnest said the families of the two hostages will receive U.S. government compensation, but he declined to provide details.
I was amazed on the provision of U.S. Government compensation promised and at the families expecting the US government and Pakistan to do more, even suggesting we pay the ransom or develop a military response. I know this sounds callused but let me take you all back to one of my volunteer medical missions. I was asked by one of my friends from the west coast to assist in a volunteer medical mission in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia during the war in the ‘90’s. We huddled, developed a plan to surgically assist in the care of these war torn countries. We had a pretty good idea of our mission and somewhat of the danger. We didn’t expect our government or anyone else to compensate us if we were injured. And most important we didn’t expect any rescue efforts if we were involved in hostage situations. These were our decisions and may have been perceived as “crazy.” But we believed that our assistance was needed and we were physicians and nurses who received our training to assist and save lives.
I distinctly remember walking over the Mostar bridge in Bosnia Herzegovina and seeing the many soldiers with automatic weapons slung over their shoulders, taunting us and threatening our lives and safety. What was I thinking at that time? After I controlled my nervous tremor, I had decided that I had a job to do and that I was helping to save lives. That bridge was eventually blown up.
I next remember the nurse in Texas who is suing the hospital where she had been caring for the Ebola patient and eventually became ill with the same disease. She was transported to NIH where she made a full recovery. Also, the many cases of malpractice cases due to medicines taken by patients for specific diseases where the night time advertising low-life lawyers have convinced patients to join class action suits against pharmaceutical companies to line the lawyers pockets and minimal goes to the patients.
What kind of a society are we who want to blame every bad investment, poor choice, error on someone else? A truly entitled society!
We should be taking control of our lives. There is no room for entitlements if we are going to improve our country, our society and especially our healthcare system.
The leading editorial comic drawing suggests that this Mother of the Year….hint, hint…Mother’s Day is coming up…also tells each of us what we should be doing. Policing our families and our selves. Taking responsibility for our action and our communities, our families!
I also read this announcement in one Web site posts and further evaluate its effects on health care:
Legislators in Washington gave patients a win earlier this month, passing legislation that will improve the nation’s medical liability climate and ensure greater access to care.
By a bipartisan vote of 92-8, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which includes a provision to protect against the potential abuse of health care quality measures and payment methodologies. President Obama signed the bill into law on April 16.
The language, taken from the Standard of Care Protection Act, ensures that federal health care guidelines and regulations will not unintentionally open up new avenues for the pursuit of meritless lawsuits. The House of Representatives passed this bill last month by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 392-37.
“Under the bill that passed the House and Senate, health care providers need no longer fear that federal health care programs may be used, outside their intended purpose, to create new causes of action for medical liability lawsuits,” said Mike Stinson, HCLA Chair. “We are pleased with the bipartisan work of Congress to protect the physician-patient relationship as well as the integrity of federal programs intended to improve our health care system.”
The Health Coalition on Liability and Access applauds the bipartisanship in Washington that closed the loophole on medical liability and gave patients and physicians reassurance that quality care would not be in jeopardy.
Now will this solve the problems created by the all to frequent medical liability suits encouraged by the sleazy, greedy lawyers around the country? No!!!
But it may cut down the costs of a part of healthcare management whereby doctors and ancillary care professionals order way to many tests to cover themselves in cases where they have done the correct physical exam, made the appropriate diagnosis and still made a mistake, even though the appropriate protocols and clinical management tolls were used. This is a start, but more is needed to correct the equation of truly affordable care for all. A step in the right direction!
I turn our discussion back on the mother that we saw take responsibility and administer her own type of discipline in a situation where riots were destroying a “charmed” city. Like health care we all need to invest and take responsibility for our actions, join together and build a better city, country and health care system. Will the health care system become the single-payer system promoted by the Clintons and suggested in media interviews on the streets of Baltimore and Philadelphia that is needed to correct the wrongs?
A wonderful topic for future discussion!
Happy Mother’s Day to all those Mothers that work so hard to raise our standards, impart discipline us, guide us on the road needed for a better future for each of us, sons and daughters, all.