The press has rather innocently been reporting that President Obama dispatched one of his closest aides, Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors, to “help” and to “oversee” things at Veterans’ Affairs while officials get to the bottom of the widening scandal over VA clinic wait times that resulted in the deaths of veterans. There might be a coverup too.
From the Washington Post:
Rob Nabors, a White House deputy chief of staff, will work with the VA temporarily to help assess its practices and develop recommendations on how veterans’ hospitals can increase access to timely care, the White House announced Wednesday.
In a statement, Obama said he was grateful:
While we get to the bottom of what happened in Phoenix, it’s clear the VA needs to do more to ensure quality care for our veterans. I’m grateful that Rob, one of my most trusted advisors, has agreed to work with Secretary Shinseki to help the team at this important moment.
Well isn’t that helpful of him, not to mention the president. Obama is grateful. But in what respect?
Nabors, who has served in various positions, has a reputation for quiet loyalty and not leaving many fingerprints, even where he is supposed to leave fingerprints, like in his pervious job as chief White House lobbyist.
Which begs a question that’s not being asked. EXACTLY WHAT ELSE will Nabors being doing over at the VA?
Given this White House’s reputation for deception, one wonders if there’s anything over at VA lying around on someone’s desktop that might implicate someone at the White House for some . . . mistake . . . of some sort. See what I mean?
Let’s be clear people. If there’s something up here, it could get really bad. Veterans who eluded the enemy may hae succumb to friendly fire from incompetence at the Veterans Affairs Administration. People died. People we really care about. Which seems to be the norm for Obama scandals, BTW.
Some who have seen a thing or two, like CNN’s John King, who skillfully covered the Lewinsky scandal, are beginning to wonder about the White House approach. “This isn’t about covering your ass. It’s about taking care of people who went to war so you didn’t have to,” King quotes a Senate Leadership source – doesn’t say which Party – as telling him.
In addition to finding out what happened, other questions need to be asked. Was Shinseki the right guy for the job or, given that he fell out of favor with Bush for warning we weren’t sending enough troops to Iraq, was he chosen to stick it to Obama’s predecessor?
How on top of anything at the VA is Obama? Obama has a habit of not communicated with Cabinet advisors. Has he ever met individually with Shinseki?
Is Nabors the helper? Or is he THE CLEANER.
This scandal demands an independent probe. Not an investigation by Rob Nabors. Our veterans certainly deserve at least that.
Here’s Harvey Keitel as a Cleaner in the movie “Point of No Return.” It’s not pretty, in case you’re sensitive about such things.