They got Eric Shinseki's scalp. He's the same one who, as Army chief of staff, warned Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld that they were contemplating much too small a force to ensure success in invading Iraq. For this, he was forced into retirement. Had his warning been heeded, there would not be so many veterans needing care today in VA hospitals.
Although the relentless media meme will be that the VA mess is the fault of That (Black) Man in the White House and could well propel the duhs and ignos to vote so as to give control of the Senate to The Party That Wrecked America, the episode is full of irony and hypocrisy.
Here's another: The epicenter of the trouble seems to be the VA hospital in Phoenix (poor Carl Hayden, whose name is now affixed to the building, deserved better). Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake famously do nothing to help the state they claim to represent. It's part of their ideology. Only when there was political blood in the water, did these gentlemen remember their home Zip Codes. McCain, especially, was OUTRAGED. His default emotion on everything.
Don't forget that McCain and Flake were among the near solid block of Republicans that voted against additional funding for VA hospitals in February.
I don't claim to be an expert on the VA medical system. My uncle, who served as an Army officer in World War II and Korea, hated the Phoenix hospital compared with other VA hospitals. Later, when I was an emergency medical technician in the 1970s, the place seemed to have an unusual set of troubles. These anecdotes are probably not worth much.
It is to be hoped (not "hopefully") that some real reporting will get at the real issues that have caused the scandal, so that we might make some intelligent responses.
War is not cheap. The last Civil War pension is still being paid. We will be carrying the burden of the foolish wars of the Bush years for the rest of the century and perhaps beyond. Yet we have spent most of the past 30-plus years cutting taxes and enabling perfectly legal tax evasion by the oligarchs and their booming companies.
The Party That Wrecked America and their Democratic enablers have also spent that time vilifying "government" and doing everything they could to gum up the works, defund, and hence ensure the "truth" of their dogma. Oh, but they sure want to go to war as often as possible.
The outcome is inevitable. Firing and smearing Shinseki won't fix it.