Skip to main content

Let’s talk about wounded troops in Germany.  That’s apparently what John McCain wants to do with his appalling new TV ad, anyway.  

On Friday, McCain unveiled an ad in which he disingenuously claimed that Barack Obama had "canceled a visit with wounded troops" because "the Pentagon wouldn’t allow him to bring cameras."  By Sunday, even Republicans were panning the ad as being inappropriate.

But none of that compares to what we got today at VoteVets.org from Dr. (Col.) Katherine Scheirman (Ret.).  Because Dr. Scheirman knows a lot more about wounded troops passing through Germany than Senator McCain does.  In fact, she’s the person who oversaw medical operations at U.S. Air Force Europe Headquarters at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany during the first half of the war in Iraq.  She knows the situation inside and out.

And this is what she had to say today:

Former Chief of Medical Operations for HQ USAFE at Ramstein Air Force Base Responds to Latest McCain Ad

WASHINGTON - The former Chief of Medical Operations for United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE) Headquarters at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany today ripped into Senator John McCain's latest ad, which attacks Senator Barack Obama for not making a campaign event of a visit to wounded troops.

Dr. Katherine Scheirman, who was Chief of Medical Operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, said in a statement:

"John McCain's new ad is dishonest and shameful, and I say that as the former Chief of Medical Operations.  Senators Hagel and Reed confirmed to Bob Schieffer yesterday that Senator Obama visited the Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad as a part of their CODEL, with no media present.

"In Germany, Senator Obama made the right decision to respect wounded troops, and the doctors and nurses doing crucial and time-sensitive work, by not making a visit that was characterized as a campaign event by the Pentagon.  Senator Obama should be thanked for putting our military above politics.  And, I would hope that John McCain would think in those same terms, the next time he is put in a similar situation.

"Senator Obama has voted for the troops when John McCain has not, most recently on the new GI Bill.  I am happy that Senator Obama puts the welfare of our troops above politics."

Dr. Katherine Scheirman, MD, MHA, CPE, FACPE, is a Senior Advisor to VoteVets.org, and has twenty years experience in the Department of Defense medical system. She retired from the Air Force in 2006 with the rank of Colonel. During her time in the military, she was assigned to a number of duties where she saw 'first hand' the shortcomings of the DOD medical system and its effect on troops. Most recently, she was at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, which saw the majority of those injured during the war in Iraq.

During that assignment as Chief of Medical Operations, she directed four branches responsible for medical operational and legal policy guidance for 10 USAFE medical facilities and an Air Force squadron at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and provided oversight and mentoring for 11 Chiefs of Medical Staff and over 700 medical personnel throughout Europe. She was responsible for all quality of care, patient safety, behavioral health, JCAHO compliance, community health programs and business plan execution there, among her decades of other assignments at home and abroad.

John McCain has done himself a disservice with this dishonorable TV ad.  And that’s why people like Dr. Scheirman are coming out of the woodwork to challenge him on it.  He simply doesn’t hold the high ground with regard to military affairs.  Instead, he’s hard at work digging a deeper and deeper hole into which--as we clearly see--the military will not be throwing him a rope.
::
::
Also available at VetVoice

Originally posted to Brandon Friedman on Mon Jul 28, 2008 at 03:36 PM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, skybluewater, Sharoney, Michael D, Al Rodgers, dirigo, wozzle, Jett, Ed in Montana, JWC, Olds88, buffalo soldier, TheC, ljb, BrooklynBoy, Donna Z, vicki, aisling, Terri, dwellscho, PLS, LeislerNYC, pb, Bill in Portland Maine, Chi, Peace JD, catdevotee, Phoenix Woman, tankej, True North, Sally in SF, Forbes, teacherken, bluecayuga, leftcoast, GOTV, casamurphy, Trendar, glitterscale, Tulip, daninoah, abarefootboy, lrhoke, Delaware Dem, Unstable Isotope, whataboutbob, mem from somerville, saraswati, madmsf, am, existenz, mattman, PeterHug, RunawayRose, lazbumm, scrape, maineiac, bosdcla14, Robespierrette, karlpk, dengre, tommurphy, annalivia, Debby, Shockwave, byteb, donna in evanston, Wintermute, Hesiod, kpardue, SanJoseLady, bramish, Arlyn, shayera, OLinda, lysias, Charles CurtisStanley, cookiesandmilk, Earwicker23, bawbie, John Campanelli, eeff, Mnemosyne, suswa, StAdams, TX Unmuzzled, Pompatus, xynz, Kevin in Long Beach, kdub, Gary in NY, zenbowl, gypsy, frisco, marjo, lilorphant, SallyCat, EVale, Carnacki, BenGoshi, object16, Joe B, bumblebums, mataliandy, 22state, dweb8231, Ruth in OR, Vitarai, strengthANDwisdom, Heart of the Rockies, dcbill, PBCliberal, RubDMC, bigforkgirl, eyeswideopen, DWKING, nicki37, karenc13, opinionated, concernedamerican, chira, Marc in Oakland, biryanifan, TracieLynn, EricS, Helena Handbag, DickCheneyBeforeHeDicksYou, CanadaGoose, cyberKosFan, mentaldebris, kalihikane, wonkydonkey, Shadan7, SamSinister, anotherCt Dem, Doc Allen, annrose, groggy, nyceve, C Mac, chockfull, sfgb, DAVE DIAL, OCD, benheeha, Prairie Logic, twcollier, CoolOnion, peace voter, highacidity, jonah in nyc, boadicea, themank, jaysunb, PBnJ, TKwow, carolina stargazer, gayntom, muledriver, mkfarkus, pattisigh, vmibran, barath, Transmission, Aquarius40, roses, samddobermann, allysonsta, dgb, peraspera, sgilman, amanuensis, LondonYank, itsmitch, nargel, kaypaul, CodeTalker, Miss Blue, Torta, exconservative, sidinny, BruinKid, timelad, scotslass, punaise, itskevin, jalbert, Menocchio, walthamricke49, ctsteve, Jesterfox, rioduran, dmsilev, Cedwyn, lirtydies, high uintas, Alna Dem, OldYellerDog, sele, dksbook, LawStudent, jillles, JimDev, Braindead, webweaver, dangoch, kharma, steve04, menodoc, hhex65, Mxwll, Getreal1246, psnyder, Barbara Morrill, annan, danthrax, sockpuppet, marko, TexDem, jsmagid, SadTexan, Dallasdoc, weary hobo, pat bunny, MKS, Nancy in LA, dmsmith, Noodles, ccr4nine, bloomster, peternight, JimWilson, Bulldawg, Red Wind, laughingriver, roselynde1, chrismorgan, DiAnne, Jesus was a Liberal, defluxion10, nika7k, TX Scotia, MmeVoltaire, joliberal, Catte Nappe, snakelass, The Zipper, renaissance grrrl, dnn, rockhound, AbsurdEyes, maye, Mrcia, rlharry, lecsmith, RenaRF, Anna Luc, alizard, Dood Abides, walkshills, outragedinSF, bwintx, Exurban Mom, Donna in Rome, djtyg, jj32, WV Democrat, Curt Matlock, KellyB, randallt, paisa, KayCeSF, Vicky, OrangeClouds115, tomjones, NapaJulie, japeechen, sfluke, jcrit, xyz, bablhous, westcott, DominoDude, rickeagle, vacantlook, AlwaysDemocrat, AaronBa, stas61690, Jen Hayden, boran2, Sybil Liberty, drmacdonald, bibble, thereisnospoon, maggie sarah, Drummond, Sol Fed Joe, kevsterwj, sawgrass727, sxwarren, davidkc, hopalong, rapala, Dirk McQuigley, davidincleveland, joanneleon, G2geek, Los Diablo, chumley, ExStr8, tovan, maybeeso in michigan, historys mysteries, Bluesee, radarlady, 3goldens, Tinfoil Hat, pattyp, Treg, bellevie, Ckntfld, cheeto, el dorado gal, Elise, enough, Phoebe Tea, Five of Diamonds, alaprst, JanetT in MD, subtropolis, furiousxxgeorge, SherwoodB, newfie, leckavrea, mjd in florida, OpherGopher, PBen, Jersey Girl, KnotIookin, Melody Townsel, Bill Section 147, panicbean, frandor55, Newton Snookers, clammyc, kefauver, nytcek, paj1, juliesie, stagemom, trinityfly, Laurence Lewis, madmommy, Gary Norton, kldave, boofdah, eru, Jules Beaujolais, lennysfo, Spoc42, GUGA, bleeding blue, dansk47, cfk, Viceroy, IL dac, Morrigan, SaraBeth, Frank Palmer, snootless, jorndorff, jimstaro, Existentialist, jimreyn, thered1, aaraujo, Inland, GreyHawk, cspivey, rlochow, Kayakbiker, Atlantic Canadian, Phil S 33, lauramp, bmaples, jane123, Captain Future, sunbro, PinHole, SBandini, Geekesque, Savvy813, shiobhan, Anna M, CWalter, Ginny in CO, wiscmass, serrano, FindingMyVoice, dazed in pa, Lisa Lockwood, sbdenmon, grrrlrobyn, Tex Kosmaniac Dem Lady, distraught, dsteffen, quiet in NC, jilikins, mexdem, captainlaser, Ekaterin, hcc in VA, empathy, JanF, Alan Arizona, Land of Enchantment, melvin, zozie, terjeanderson, kathny, RainyDay, fhcec, xaxnar, Jim R, coffeeinamrica, begone, Reality Bites Back, skywriter, Mother Mags, Born in NOLA, MadGeorgiaDem, makeitstop, third Party please, occams hatchet, LeftOverAmerica, lilyvaldem, juliewolf, dannyinla, trashablanca, Sanuk, gwilson, twoducks, Do Tell, tarheelblue, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, Keone Michaels, PatsBard, sherlyle, RustyBrown, 417els, Clytemnestra, tung sol, BlueInARedState, dharmafarmer, Themistoclea, DC Scott, Ellicatt, Gorette, cookseytalbott, liberalconservative, seefleur, mooshter, Samwoman, Truza, InsultComicDog, Below the Beltway, bluebrain, Im with Rosey, poichick, Naniboujou, Wary, Albatross, hideinplainsight, Lefty Coaster, campdurning, SherriG, bren, tecampbell, birdbrain64, global citizen, wild hair, Lashe, nonnie9999, agnostic, Bush Bites, VegasLiberalStevo, NearlyNormal, plf515, armadillo, CTLiberal, bleeding heart, Preston S, el cid, MarciaJ720, Andy30tx, middleagedhousewife, Pilgrim X, joshc123, llbear, Turbonerd, SingerInTheChoir, hrambo16, BlueSue, ICtheLight, Unknown Quantity, profh, TeddySanFran, Timothy J, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, va dare, BB10, The Lighthouse Keeper, RantNRaven, Dreaming of Better Days, kurt, liberalpercy, revgerry, wiscow, AmySmith, DanC, kurious, Blicero, bstotts, Snarcalita, Granny Doc, Temmoku, blueintheface, slksfca, AllanTBG, markthshark, mapman, BentLiberal, Ezsuds81, GoldnI, bcchamp, One Pissed Off Liberal, tonyfv, Count Belisarius, pgm 01, DrSteveB, zelbinion, Cali Techie, xaxado, anotherdemocrat, Ken in MN, donnamarie, Cronesense, Fredly, sccs, Wanda517, Loudoun County Dem, dmh44, ninkasi23, Tailspinterry, moodyinsavannah, LV Pol Girl, indy2dem, ColoTim, gailwax, Searching for Truth, Rumour95, threegoal, LoosCanN, edsbrooklyn, FishOutofWater, lynmar, Settembrini, la urracca, Nespolo, Blue Waters Run Deep, kath25, blackeyedsusan, flumptytail, NCDem Amy, operculum, Jimdotz, ezdidit, Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle, jetdog, deepeco, DWG, sfbob, joyful, Uncle Moji, txlosthorn, drchelo, Casey Morris, davehouck, todd in salt lake, Kyle the Mainer, dolphin777, jayden, rivamer, jedennis, second gen, martyinsfo, akdude6016, Singing Lizard, Demi Moaned, cyncynical, tcdup, DemMarineVet, netguyct, gatordem, Kiamichi, SeaTurtle, jnhobbs, millwood, Moderation, jhop7, theorem, MadAsHellMaddie, Chico David RN, malie, leonard145b, Puffin, JML9999, BasharH, Clipper, lorac18nc, eyesoars, Bikemom, vet, roycej, mall teacher, TomP, Casey in TN, Empower Ink, rmonroe, sand805, Patricia Bruner, End game, tosan1212, FishBiscuit, rogerdaddy, jalonzo, adrianrf, mconvente, lisastar, JeffW, ratador, DW Dawg, Hippokleides, planetclaire4, Mr SeeMore, pollwatch, ChocolateChris, DraftChickenHawks, Port City Moon, TomY, darlajane, greenalley, oolali, kingneil, Chacounne, wayoutinthestix, little comi, scooter in brooklyn, ScottyUrb, Cordwainer, OleHippieChick, mamamedusa, Youffraita, parakinesis, Foundmyvoice, Tchrldy, Judge Moonbox, urban raptor, pepper mint, skohayes, Cat Servant, radiomarti, whirled peas, Rick Winrod, Mother of Zeus, Randgrithr, pkohan, weddedgay, Lujane, royce, mayim, davekro, hwmnbn, evora, left my heart, icebergslim, Jake Williams, pickandshovel, MsWings, Quicksilver2723, Jeff Y, Ladyhawk, gildareed, mnguy66, mofembot, KttG, Chrispy67, mommaK, jalenth, JedReport, bakenjuddy, bubbalie 517, petulans, Matt Browner Hamlin, kempsternyc, Jacques, LCA, luckylizard, GWboosebag, Dewey Kneadleeders, Karl Rover, chauie, A Man Called Gloom, binkycat, dont think, Quilldriver, Guadalupe59, marketgeek, pilotmama, SpiffPeters, dmhlt 66, Scubaval, watercarrier4diogenes, Robinswing, demotarian, shortgirl, Stroszek, CA coastsider, bridgecoach, princess k, al75, Tennessee Dave, TennesseeGurl, GrouchoKossak, 4km, wv voice of reason, maggiejean, Pris from LA, 1BQ, tabby, gooners, Bule Betawi, multilee, artmartin, Ran3dy, MufsMom, Mr Tentacle, Mirror7, ThisDudesArmy, rsmpdx, bushondrugs, emboyo, Overnite, LincolnLight, deMemedeMedia, hummingbird4015, gdwtch52, ewmorr, Peter Granato, sunhaws, Shhs, clambake, hope4achange, Joes username, Don Enrique, dark daze, jenontheshore, Eric Schmeltzer, julibug, Partisan Progressive, velvet blasphemy, jodygirl, cjaznik45, SciVo, ocdemgal49, mrchumchum, cultural worker, zackamac, EquationDoc, manonfyre, DefendOurConstitution, siberia9, THEpersonal ISpolitical, IamTheJudge, zbbrox, manucpa, VT ConQuest, AvoMonster, Ivey476, Calfacon, NWTerriD, scotths, Zelbinian, Rick in Oz, Lopez99, kw7777777, Kaaha, rdxtion, sanglug, hyper, bearcatinNY, allep10, Denise Oliver Velez, MAORCA, Craig Hickman, IngeniousGirl, Shelley99, Keith Pickering, synductive99, tvmaker, marcirish, IDrankWhat, IreGyre, Ibis Exilis, Petey2, CityLightsLover, foldingBicycle, whatnext, eclecticbrotha, MrDeadeye2U, CurlyQ, flahawkfan, Muzikal203, ArthurPoet, spyguy999, reesespcs, zenmasterjack, EmmaKY, FundaMental Transformation, Integrity is fundamental, Sleepwalkr, Bene Gesserit1, Kelly of PA, Dragon5616, LaughingDog, 45387, JDog42, MizKit, myelinate, etara, Livvy5, schnecke21, orangeuglad, RoutineFly, carmenjones, Adept2u, auntieem, math4barack, Tricky, South Chamber Denizen, Emalene, eva lobach, RogerDodger, French Imp, Chris in West Seattle, SweetMartha, collardgreens, sophistry makes me tired, Vita Brevis, Colorado Billy, Larsstephens, BrooklynWeaver, ruscle, Clyde the Cat, GenXProgress, not this time, David Kroning, Amber6541, Just Bob, MrGypsy, ngack, BigVegan, Norbrook, BurntSierra, Fairy Tale, sulthernao, dalys, MrWinky, smileycreek, JNSD, niaman, Progressive Sconny, BasketCase, oohdoiloveyou, Aesop, Matt Keener, jamtown, Junah, NMDad, kenjisan, Paladine, Jampacked, winkster, p gorden lippy, sovery, RO45, diamondqueen, GreenDog, ArtSchmart, BJMS, FritztheCat, Loli, Oregonian Optimist, Vacationland, LaughingPlanet, Gangster Octopus, geekygirl602, robertacker13, eXtina, imamish, stonepier, Tnemagnolia, My mom is my hero, gramofsam1, blueingreen, vixenflem, princss6, mamak, piers, Spruced Alien, candysroom, VegDana, Capn Sassy Jas, Hyde Park, sow good, Indie Tarheel, stunzeed, fleisch, Hoosier Al, citizen31, chrome327, taiping1, kemetcc, mscharizmaa, Ronald Singleterry, atxcats, JJC, JohnAdams999, gsm, skygrace, BonnieSchlitz, sweetie4obama, elle eda, m2violin, atliberal, kimobrother, ctlrick, Jim Steele, sullivanst, ypsiCPA, ItsSimpleSimon, fatherof2, Anne933, axel000, apip0115, DrFitz, shoelady, amb28, Lize in San Francisco, qi motuoche, Yasuragi, Stella Liberal, Lolo08, pateTX, Black Leather Rain, damned if you do, Caerus, abrauer, estar65, nirbama, BlueFranco

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site