We shouldn’t try to hide U.S. war dead

President Obama has promised to reconsider the blanket policy of banning photographs and video of military caskets as they are brought home from overseas, and he should.

Officially, the policy was instituted as a means to protect the privacy of dead soldiers and their families. But it was never really about that. The identities of those in specific caskets was never public knowledge, and even those families who may have wanted coverage of their loved one’s return were not given that choice.
dover caskets

From the beginning, the policy was an effort to hide the true cost of war, and those who argued for changing it were often accused of being unpatriotic.

However, it is a strange sort of patriotism that requires us not to mark the sacrifice that others make in our name, that requires us to avert our national gaze when the bodies come home from war. The tradition of honoring those who have fallen is as old as war itself, and even today warriors will risk their lives to recover the bodies of their dead, so they can be celebrated appropriately.

And if public support for a war is so fragile that we can’t be allowed to witness its cost, then we shouldn’t be fighting that war in the first place.

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Copyleft

February 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

Well said, Jay. Every death in Iraq has been for a mistake. And–before Dusty chimes in with her predictable outrage–no, that does NOT show any disrespect for the poor soldiers whose lives were wasted on this fool’s errand.

gadem

February 18th, 2009
3:33 pm

Jay, I agree with your assessment. Unfortunately the wingnuts will come in and call you a supporter of the terrorist…

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 18th, 2009
3:33 pm

If the soldier is identifiable it should be up to the family. I have no problem with showing the picture above.

Mr. Snarky

February 18th, 2009
3:44 pm

Some want to hide the cost of war because if everyone realized the price we wouldn’t rush to war in the future as we did under bush.

CommunistAJC

February 18th, 2009
4:05 pm

Bookman is a supporter of terrorist….

Gadem, you are psychic.

gadem

February 18th, 2009
4:08 pm

No not psychic, but you guys are too predictable.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 18th, 2009
4:15 pm

I’ve discussed this issue with conservatives, including one who’d served in the AF and who insisted that liberals simply exploited our war dead for our own purposes.

I think that’s, to use Jay’s word, a “strange” way to pre-emptively prevent such exploitation. I also don’t know if that’s truly what was behind the previous Administration’s policy. I’d like to think it wasn’t, that it was truly what the previous Administration thought would be in the best interests of the soldiers’ families.

But like HD says @ 3.33, I don’t see how photographs of flag-draped coffins violate any family’s privacy concerns.

AJC/DNC Management

February 18th, 2009
4:32 pm

Oh yeah, if it weren’t for the sneaky photographers, why, we’d never even know there was a war on.

Really, the last 6 years, I never saw one soldier’s death reported in the Urinal/Jihad, ABC never read the list of names or showed the pictures, I still have no idea who this Cindi Sheehan woman is.

Why do we want to drag their bodies through the street?

I thought it was a “right to privacy” and a “matter for the family,” you know, kinda like when you libs were so hot to kill Terri Schiavo?

ew

Mrs. Godzilla

February 18th, 2009
4:42 pm

It has been cowardly to hide the true costs of this war of choice.

Joe

February 18th, 2009
4:44 pm

Let’s ignore Andy’s red herring for a moment and focus on this issue.

This is an issue of the Freedom of the Press, and those soldiers died for the press to have the right to take those photographs. As long as individual names are not mentioned, I’m fine with it.

Mr. Snarky

February 18th, 2009
4:49 pm

If Cheney had his way, all deaths related to certain unnamed warlike activities would remain secret in the name of national security. The dead would just be listed as “in an undisclosed location”.

AJC/DNC Management

February 18th, 2009
4:51 pm

You have to wonder how the spelling of “Chad Harris” went from “Chad Har” all the way to “Joe.”

Odd, isn’t it?

Chad Harris

February 18th, 2009
4:53 pm

Absolutely. We shouldn’t be hiding the injuries, both the number and the specific natures of severe injuries incurred in this war either as Republicans try to do all the time.

The coffins should be shown several times a day instead of the airhead junk cable news channels waste time on. So should the thousands of severe brain injuries, soldiers blinded by IEDs, and thousands who have lost legs and arms to IEDs. The estimate for Iraqi dead is as high as 6000, though an accurate count will never happen and they have severe parallel injuries.

20,000 vets’ brain injuries not listed in Pentagon tally

Chad Harris

February 18th, 2009
4:56 pm

Absolutely. We should also stop lying about the nubmer and extent of paralytic injuries, blindness, and severe brain injuries that the Pentagon and Republicans have covered up during Bush.

There are an estimated 600,000 Iraqis dead, but we’ll never know the real number.

20,000 vets’ brain injuries not listed in Pentagon tally

Class of '98

February 18th, 2009
4:59 pm

Jay, I agree with you, but the sad part is that if it is allowed, there will be front page photographs of flag-draped caskets on the cover of the New York Times (and a dozen other newspapers) everyday.

Free elections? Section C, page 12.

rcs

February 18th, 2009
5:03 pm

Every Sunday morning at the close of “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” a listing of the fallen soldiers scrolls down the screen. Other media outlets can do the same. I don’t see there is any attempt to hide it. Except for the banning of the photographs, which I believe should not be banned.

It’s too late to keep putting the blame on Bush/Cheney. Although they started the ban, Obama can easily reverse it.

CommunistAJC

February 18th, 2009
5:19 pm

AJC/DNC Management,
Joe is Chad Harris’ mistress.

Taxpayer

February 18th, 2009
5:20 pm

A cartoon of an chimp shot dead and the underlying message behind that is deemed socially acceptable but a photo of the coffins of those that gave their lives in the name of we the people is not. Perverted would be my one-word assessment of that.

CommunistAJC

February 18th, 2009
5:22 pm

Bookman,
can we also have photographers shoot every dead baby that gets aborted in this country? I mean, lets be fair here. Neither aborted babies nor soldiers asked to be killed. But, the soldiers knew the risk when they signed on. Aborted babies didn’t get a choice when mommy had a doctor pull their brains out.

@@

February 18th, 2009
5:25 pm

jay, just because you cater to ignorant leftists doesn’t mean that everyone doesn’t realize the sacrifice.

I’d like to err on the side of privacy for the families whether the soldiers are identifiable or not.

Too often, liberals on these very boards, have exploited the fallen for political gain. I have a huge problem with that.

Besides……terrorists love to have their victims on display. Apparently so do leftists.

sunshine and thunder

February 18th, 2009
5:27 pm

Photographs of flag draped coffins? How come no meida ever show the bodies falling from the trade towers? Or the airplanes flying in?

GodHatesTrash

February 18th, 2009
5:32 pm

The ankle-grabber chickenhawk crowd doesn’t want to see the coffins of dead soldiers.

War is their porn, their vicarious thrill. Cowards that they are, they still fancy and fantasize that they are somehow part of the action as they rant and rave and blog away for war, war, and more war.

Pictures of coffins would remind them that war makes a lousy spectator sport, that real people die young and horribly, and that many are maimed in body and spirit.

CommunistAJC

February 18th, 2009
5:39 pm

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and true religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. -John Adams

Take that liberal morons who claim our founding fathers were not religious.

Tom

February 18th, 2009
5:39 pm

By all means, these caskets should be shown. And for many reasons. Foremost among them being that each and every casket reflects a complete and total waste of a life.

CommunistAJC

February 18th, 2009
5:41 pm

Tom,
please, go to a dead soldiers families house and tell his/her parents that their childs life was wasted. I look forward to visiting you in intensive care.

AJC/DNC Management

February 18th, 2009
5:52 pm

The surrender monkey left, kowards all, wants to see and play with the product of their surge into Afghanistan.

Should we hang them from a bridge after unloading from the plane, perhaps drag them behind your Priuses, like any other cut throat terrorist would do?

Maybe Code Pinko could display a few of them out front of their headquarters, so much stage props to accompany their whining and moaning?

(GHT opened the door for that^^ one.)

Taxpayer

February 18th, 2009
5:54 pm

Tom,

You could meet with Cindy Sheehan and tell her that her son’s life was wasted in Iraq but she would just tell you that she already knows that and that she would love to have Bush stand in front of her and explain to her why her son’s life was wasted.

As for the pictures of the abortions (remembering that no party has ever made any attempt to override Roe v Wade beyond vote pandering nor ever will and rightfully so), I say go for it. Put them right beside the blown up bodies of the innocent people, the so-called collateral damage, from wars. Display everything for everyone to see. Let’s not be so bashful. Let’s show reality at its finest on the front page. Go for it.

Paul

February 18th, 2009
5:56 pm

A number of posts imply this was Pres Bush’s doing. Actually, it was a policy continuation from the Clinton Administration.

Interesting this comes up, just in time for (what did VP Biden call it? oh yeah, an ‘uptick’) an ‘uptick’ in deaths in Afghanistan. We’ll see how the coffins are viewed then on websites opposed to the action. Interesting larger question, though (and one I think the Left will have difficulty with, given the comments made during Iraq): should a casualty level even be a concern if we are convinced of the ‘rightness’ of an action?

WhoCares

February 18th, 2009
6:18 pm

The sad fact of this all is that many of these soldiers die because liberal bedwetters will not let them do what they signed on and trained to do. You don’t win wars by playing nice. You win wars by killing the enemy.

GodHatesTrash

February 18th, 2009
6:23 pm

It is a shame to see the armed forces of our nation quagmired in Iraq and Afghanistan by enemy forces less than a tenth of their number. We have been fighting these wars for over seven years now, and Americans and civilians are still dying in large numbers. Obviously, the Bush strategery was FUBAR from the start. So Paul, one can argue the ‘rightness’ of the war, but one cannot argue that it has been fought arrogantly, incompetently, expensively and at a huge cost of American and innocent blood.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 18th, 2009
7:16 pm

“Actually, it was a policy continuation from the Clinton Administration.”

Assuming this is true (no offense, Paul), then that policy was not real bright.

Paul

February 18th, 2009
7:46 pm

DB

There’s always the obligatory who started it, here. But I thought it germane as Jay stated the policy was begun to hide the true cost of war.

For the record, it was done in the waning days of his administration. And, Senator McCain has been steadfastly opposed to the policy.

Other point is, regardless of the reason something was begun, subsequent administrations may continue a policy for entirely different reasons. In that case, Jay’s statement is correct.

chaps

February 18th, 2009
8:09 pm

The reason that the media should not be able to photograph flag-draped coffins is that the media is doing it because they oppose the war and Pres. Bush. The media couldn’t care less able the soldiers who have been lost or their families. Its all about politics. Prediction: If the Obama administration continues the policy of no photographs, the media, including the AJC, will praise that as a thoughtful and caring policy.

Mike

February 18th, 2009
8:11 pm

The goal of the photo ban was to prevent their bodies being used as political footballs, as Jay is using them here. Look at the comments below the photo of the coffins and see what I am talking about.

John Galt Jr.

February 18th, 2009
8:26 pm

More people/teens die in DUI related deaths every year by far than soldiers in both fronts combined. Where are their pictures? Where is the outrage? Look up the stats. Liberals, I have an idea, leave the fighting to the brave ones so you can continue to complain and whine and smoke your dope while others carry the water. Show the coffins. Soldiers do not mind, it is reality after all. Real citizens who understand what the hell we are fighting for can handle it. Not pretty but real. You act like you care about soldiers lives when you actually loath them. The only protesters are the pansies. Why do you pansies even care? Your sorry butts aren’t getting shot at. Your sorry butts aren’t dying. This is just something else you can piss, moan, and whine about. Semper Fi Marines! Go Army, Navy and Air Force!

Chad Harris

February 18th, 2009
8:32 pm

No one exploited the fallen for political gain more than George Bush, Rudy Guilliani, the RNC, and the NRSC. They took this to obscene levels.

And as to what page in the paper the Iraqi elections are on, they have little to do with the fact that the individuals elected refuse after 8 years to settle the key political questions the “surge” was meant to buy time to settle 1) oil profit rights 2) peaceful co-existence of Suni/Kurd/Shias

And there is still $72 billion in Iraqi oil money that the Iraqis are not using to build their infrastructure.

The Gamble: Did the Surge Work? Panel Discussin with Tom Ricks

oldmac

February 18th, 2009
9:00 pm

How bout’ you embrace the new ‘print version” of the fairness doctrine and for every time you show the flag-draped coffins that you guys seem obsessed over, you have to follow that with a re-run of one of the be-headings from those wacky Jihadists.
jh

jon

February 18th, 2009
9:19 pm

Semi related subject. One of Tom Clancy’s books, I think it was “A Clear and Present Danger” was made into a movie. The book portrayed Arab terrorists detonating a nuclear device in the US. When Hollywood made the movie, the terrorists become neo-Nazis or something of that ilk.

Hiding the threat of Islamic extremists is a head-in-the-sand mentality like hiding the coffins of our fallen heroes.

I think pictures of the coffins should be published with the correct captions, i.e. Coffins of US Soldiers killed by the American Hating Islamic Extremist Bastards.

Chad Harris

February 18th, 2009
10:01 pm

It is unfortunate that Bush, Cheney, Addington, Yoo, Bradford, and the large number of Republican Senators who have never served and make damned sure their family doesn’t serve (many age eligible Bush’s are around and none of them are enlisting) can’t be put on the first plain to Bagdad and forced to ride tanks and get a better idea of whether their life gets wasted or not.

That would include all members of the Iraq study group who made sure they were never in harm’s way including 6 Deferment Cheney.

Chad Harris

February 18th, 2009
10:01 pm

I’d like to personally escort them to the plane.

Charles

February 18th, 2009
10:20 pm

Sure, let’s show the whole picture. Let’s also show the coward adult Muslims who brainwash their children to be terrorist bombers, pictures of Americans being beheaded, burned and mutilated by their captors – and while we’re at it let’s print pictures of the mass graves they’ve found in Iraq.

Innocent Bystander

February 18th, 2009
10:26 pm

41 years ago today I became a Gold Star brother. A young MARINE took point at Hue City during Tet and like many MARINEs during that battle died doing the job that they enlisted and agreed to perform on our behalf. My brother was guaranteed a marble cross and a place of rest at Marietta National Cemetary….the place that I have visited for the past 40 years.
In my 40 years, I do not see any of those in the “cheap seats” that are there to commemorate the sacrifice of all the war dead at Marietta National. In my 40 years, I’ll find a handful of flower arrangements but never see any of you walking the grounds; putting up fallen flags or taking the time to do the one thing that my brother or any fallen Marine,sailor, airman or soldier would expect…to pay the respect for their sacrifice that they deserve.

I have the same disdain for politicians that use Memorial day for political gain as I would any one that advertises Memorial Day specials to opportunize a lawful holiday to make a sale. It’s the same degree of disdain that I would have for anyone that would ever minimalize a military sacrifice for petty politics….or stupid positioning of their rights to a lawful Freedom without a modicum of morals.

My brother fought and died for your lawful right to do anything with your photos. It may be lawfully correct….however, are you morally correct? Instead of judging electeds as those that would suppress such photos as a tactic of evasion…how about giving them the benefit of the doubt that with an elected office, they are trying to provide a buffer…a moral buffer for those that died and will die…and those left behind.

If you’ve never opened the door to a MARINE in uniform along with your pastor….you’ll never understand that my role as brother was changed to one of caretaker to his memory. You’re always welcome to join me the Saturday before Memorial Day at 11am to place wreaths and walk the grounds to re-stand fallen flags. Look for two wreaths side by side on the south side of the belvedere…and I’ll help you understand something that I learned 41 years ago….today.

Redneck

February 18th, 2009
10:40 pm

Durn it Chad. You bed wetting liberals have selective memories. I believe there was only one person in the House, Barbara Lee, who voted against the resolution that gave Bush the authority to go into Iraq and the vote was 86 to 3 in the senate to authorize him to take actions. Therefore, just as required by the constitution GWB could not have done anything without the approval of congress.

Also, there is one other thing you and your ilk have forgotten. ALL THE MILITARY SERVING IN IRAQ VOLUNTEERED TO JOIN THE MILITARY!!!

Do try to keep up!!!

Chad Harris

February 18th, 2009
11:08 pm

W did a whole crap load of things without the approval of Congress and the lives are wasted as well as the money. As a group of realtors said to me today, we could bail out all mortgage holders with a fraction of the money that was pi$$ed away on Iraq.

Chad Harris

February 18th, 2009
11:09 pm

When Cheney got 6 deferments and Bush ran away because he was ordered to report for a PE for a plane that was going to Nam despite daddy’s best efforts to protect little Georgie, how much bewetting was going on? How about when chickenhawk Bush red Little Goat to the kids and jumped in a plane running from DC?

Dave R

February 18th, 2009
11:44 pm

I’d have no problem showing pictures of coffins of our returning dead if I were assured of two things:

A) Every relative gave their permission for the media to take their pictures.

B) A promise that none of those pictures would be used in a political campaign by liberal bed-wetters to score votes.

Seeing as (B) could never be guaranteed, due to the ethical lapses of liberals and politicians in general, I’d say there is no reason to allow pictures of our war dead.

TnGelding

February 19th, 2009
3:22 am

They should all be welcomed home with an honor guard and anyone that wanted to pay their respect in the light of day.

Lewis

February 19th, 2009
6:36 am

It is unfortunate that this blog, like so many others, ends up dominated by the bizarre rantings of attack-dog ideologues who seem to have nothing else to do with their time but think up insults and rejoinders to everything said. There are some thoughtful and worthwhile comments but wading through the postings of the whackos is a chore. But I am sure they simply think they are standing up for freedom of expression against the monolithic liberal media. They are bores and cranks who need to find a hobby.

catlady

February 19th, 2009
6:40 am

For those of you who oppose the coffins unless we put the remains of abortions on the front page too: we could also put the bodies of those put to death via the death penalty.

Gee whiz, people. These folks served their country with more than their lips.

AlG

February 19th, 2009
7:26 am

I served in the Navy for 22 years and lost too many friends to aircraft crashes and other causes. Their dignity in death was far more important to me and my fellow servicemen than the need for someone to score political points by showing photos of their flag-draped coffins. What families choose to do after the remains are turned over to them is their business, but avoiding media exposure beforehand is a sensible and dignified DOD policy regardless of the circumstances of the service member’s demise.

williebkind

February 19th, 2009
7:48 am

As you can see from most of these comments from the “progressive thinkers”, the showing of the fallen would be used to promote their ideology and not the sacrifice by the partriot. You guys are vile!! You do not need to exploit such a sacrifice to gain your political end. They died as heros let them return home in dignity. You offer nothing.

Peadawg

February 19th, 2009
7:59 am

Sending 17,000 more troops overseas – Change we can believe in!!!!

Looks like the same old stuff to me…

Bruce Howard

February 19th, 2009
8:18 am

I am a disabled combat veteran (Army-Infantry) who is now a public school teacher and I have never understood the reason for the policy. It is not unpatriotic to honor our war dead by displaying photographs of their caskets. Although I find it disgusting that either the pro-war or anti-war groups would use such material as part of their propaganda, I think it is important to remind every American–especially our youth–of the terrible cost of war, no matter of one’s opinion of the justness of the war. Our nation goes through its daily routine without thinking of those who are sacrificing for our nation. My son-in-law is in Iraq and my son will be soon deploying to Afghanistan. You can bet I will use every opportunity I am presented to remind others of the sacrifice our military is enduring on behalf of our nation. Whether people agree or disagree with the wars we are in, I wish others would be respectful of these sacrifices and refrain from using them as pawns in their own political or social agendas.

Redneck

February 19th, 2009
8:49 am

Chad, I love it when you bed wetting liberal post your revised history on forums such as this. You said W did a whole lot of things that were not constitutional or approved by congress. I suppose you can back that up with some facts!!!

You also lambasted Cheney for his six deferments. My response is so what! He wasn’t the first either democrat or republican to take advantange of the system. As for W ducking out on Guard duty, well I seem to remember a piece of scum named clinton who committed treason by going to a foreign nation and organizing anti american rallys against his own country.
Ok spook, the ball is in your court!!!

K.SUFDG

February 19th, 2009
8:55 am

the fact that you show a picture with your blog makes your argument a moot

beeboo

February 19th, 2009
8:57 am

i wonder why our enemies don’t show pictures of their war dead

bob

February 19th, 2009
9:00 am

chad – ask your realtor friend why the banks pissed all their money away

G

February 19th, 2009
9:16 am

War and its aftermath should not be sanitized for the masses.

Whether it is the sobering sight of flag-draped caskets filling an entire airplane or the rows and columns of white crosses in a military cemetery, the American public needs a constant reminder that some of these gung-ho, butt-kickin’ recruits all of nineteen years old WILL come back in a box. Families know it and it must plague their days while a loved one is deployed.

Really, it’s the recruiters who don’t want this stuff seen – not too good for business, I imagine. I just wish every youngster who might be considering signing up can see these coffins and much more. The military can be a good occupation to some, but a meat-grinder to others.

Google ‘Iraq war casualty pictures’ to see war in all its glory.

ButtHead

February 19th, 2009
9:24 am

It is not a question of hiding; it is a fact that the media will use these pictures for profit or politics that the soldier or their family may not agree with. Respect the dead, the heroes that gave it all so we could live semi-free. If an individual or a family or the media want to make profit from the death of a hero they are demented.

Algonquin J. Calhoun

February 19th, 2009
9:25 am

In March of 1969, I found myself waiting for a plane at a very small airport in North Carolina. Dressed in my U.S.M.C. uniform, I was waiting for a plane to take me home to Louisiana. I was beginning a thirty day leave that would precede my going to infantry staging, which would prepare me for my time in Vietnam, for which I’d received orders. While waiting, I saw a flag-draped coffin rolled out onto the tarmac. The casket sat there in it’s patriotic loneliness. People around me averted their gaze and pretended not to see it. I felt sadness and a shudder of fear as I gazed at it.

During my leave, I took my father to an old, small, brick Church that sits out in the countryside. Behind it is our family cemetery and i picked the place I wanted to be laid to rest. I had just turned twenty-one. I made my dad promise he would not allow me to be buried in the uniform of the United States. In my opinion the war was useless and for no good purpose.

The Iraq War, like the fiasco in Vietnam, was launched on a whim by an idiot occupying the White House. The war in Afghanistan was for a righteous purpose but the attack upon Iraq was perpetrated by Bush and his minions for reasons that had nothing to do with the security of the United States. Those fools used American lives to gain oil fields!

Bush didn’t want caskets shown because it would remind Americans that young people were dying while the vile United States policy of conquest was carried out under this war criminal. So, the caskets came home in the dark and were delivered in the dead of night. It’s time for the true cost of these wars to become evident to the people. Roll the caskets out onto the tarmacs. Bring them through the airport lounges. Let everyone take a good look. Uniformed representatives of YOU are dying in your service. The least you can do is look at what you’ve been paying your taxes for. These are people from your neighborhood. All you will see is a coffin with a flag on top. Take a look at it but remember there’s a corpse inside that was once a human being. If you supported George W. Hitler you helped put that individual in that box!

vince neil

February 19th, 2009
9:43 am

The cost of war should be public..alas, the left will use it as a tool to flog our efforts to maintain some order…
After multiple and flagrant violations of UN sanctions, The Hussein crime family had to be removed and the costs are worth it…those who believe war is never the answer are wrong and naive..maybe in some future Star Trekian world we can all live in peace, but for now the biggest hammer wins..deal with it flower children!

Algonquin J. Calhoun

February 19th, 2009
9:57 am

You deal with this! The reasons given for the attack upon Iraq were bogus and the evidence used to back those reasons was manufactured! The attack and occupation were criminal acts and only Nazis, such as yourself, would have the cheek to alibi for George W. Hitler. His is the real crime family!

vince neil

February 19th, 2009
10:20 am

I would like a definition fascism now please, while I compile a partial list of my father’s family members killed by Hitler and a balance sheet of family assets stolen by the Nazis before WWII…you had better be very very careful when you exceed your depth as you will quickly ground yourself on a reef of facts!

Dusty

February 19th, 2009
10:57 am

Bookman has done the DESPICABLE! He is using war dead to tally up a few more comments on his blog. He knows that this is not an important question to those who value patriotism and privacy. We have long known the great sacrifice made by these loyal Americans. We do not parade their bodies for discord.

Bookman is only stiring the old stew of anti-war protestors, Bush and Cheney haters and his own pathetic crowd of liberal followers who will applaud anything he writes, even this desecration of war dead for personal promotional purposes. He ought to picture his white flag as part of his heading that opens this blog. That would show the “true” Bookman, a man that has NEVER served in the military but will exploit them when they die serving our country.

williebkind

February 19th, 2009
10:57 am

“Algonquin J. Calhoun

February 19th, 2009
9:57 am”

You need to stop drinking kool aid Calhoun! Start doing some research on what started the war and who were involved in its approval. I too came home once with coffins. Do not let the drive by media give you false information. That is their method of proselytizing.

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

February 19th, 2009
10:59 am

Jay, the policy was not an attempt to hide the war, a preposterous assertion given that the soldier’s names were released. Rather, the policy was enacted to prevent the BDS addled media from politicizing a sacred loss and creating a circus surrounding those who made the ultimate sacrifice and their greiving families. With the media firmly in his pocket, POTUS has no such worries.

Copyleft

February 19th, 2009
11:08 am

Apparently, recognizing the cost of this war is “politicizing” it… but putting inane yellow-ribbon magnets on your SUV is “respectful.”

Got it.

Algonquin J. Calhoun

February 19th, 2009
1:08 pm

Wille B., I’m very aware of why the United States attacked Iraq. The reasons given weren’t the truth though. George W. Hitler said the Iraqis had weapons of mass destruction. To further the panic, GWH and Vice-President Satan manufactured documents that purported to prove that Hussein was attempting to purchase items needed to weaponize uranium for a nuclear bomb. That document was fraudulent. When the non-legitimacy was made public, George W. Hitler and Vice-President Satan exposed the wife of the man who had researched it as a CIA employee.

Now, Willie B., no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq and for good reason. They didn’t own any. If the stated reason for bludgeoning that nation were true, why didn’t we pack up, come home and admit the egregious mistake immediately? The answer is: our stated reason for this gross attack was nothing more than a ruse by George W. Hitler! The true purpose was to gain control of the oil fields and to establish a base of operations for future incursions into other nations in the region. Save your Republinazi cornpone for someone without a brain!

DPB

February 20th, 2009
12:08 pm

All you have to do is read these comments and it is clear. Your desire to have these types of pictures published has nothing to do with honoring the fallen. Your only motive is to use the images of brave Americans who sacrificed their lives for your own political purposes. That is despicable.

RealityKing

February 20th, 2009
4:17 pm

Funny how progressives only bring up the right to privacy when unborn children are being cruely slaughtered…