Reaction: Walter Reed - "Army Secretary Ousted" - Michael Abramowitz and Steve Vogel - Washington Post

Reaction: Walter Reed - "Army Secretary Ousted" - Michael Abramowitz and Steve Vogel - Washington Post

Second Firing Follows Walter Reed Revelations; Bush Vows a Probe

by: Michael Abramowitz, Steve Vogel | publication date: March 3, 2007 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: A1

Later, in an interview, an emotional Harvey appeared both apologetic and defensive. "It's unexcusable to have soldiers in that type of building," he said, explaining why he resigned.But he also said that the Post stories lacked balance. "Where's the other side of the story?" he asked, his voice rising. "Two articles in your paper have ruined the career of General Weightman, who is a very decent man, and then a captain . . . and the secretary of the Army. If that satisfies the populace, maybe this will stop further dismissals."   

Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey was fired by Defense Secretary Robert Gates for poorly handling the Walter Reed scandal. Harvey responded with a statement expressing both regret and criticism of The Washington Post's coverage.

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