Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pentagon lifts media ban on returning coffins: FINALLY!

It is shameful that there ever was a ban. Now people are getting a double whammy; not only was and is the economy NOT ok (hasn't been for a while and it did not just start now with Obama at the helm), but now people will get to see the literal, death toll now the ban is lifted. (and how did the odd picture come out?)

"WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said he was lifting the ban against media photos of soldiers' coffins returning to the U.S. and will instead leave the decision up to families.

Gates told reporters earlier this month that he was reviewing the policy and that if the needs of the families could be met, and the privacy concerns could be addressed, he favored honoring fallen troops as much as possible."

It was about bloody time! It's funny how the GOP is now getting up in arms (no pun intended) over 'big government' and all kinds dramatic slogans that will make their flock reel but finally, reality-politics is coming to town and reality bites! Bad economic times the likes of the Depression, hell, it's supposed to become worse than that really.

Seeing the fallen soldiers return after patriotic notions got them to enlist (that or poverty because in middle schools, the military is trying heavily to recruit already) so here they are. After all that, and then not even to be acknowledged, no, allowed to be acknowledged if the family wants it.. it was one of those shameful laws. That said, it was apparently in place since '91 so that said, there have been fallen, returning soldiers during the Clinton years who did not receive their due recognition either.

Good on you Obama people. I am still the Independent and won't agree with foreign politics (business as usual) but I will have to give kudos when warranted.

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Blogger Mauigirl said...

Seems that Obama's administration is doing a pretty good job of rolling back many of the Bush policies. I'm hoping he will continue doing these things!

3:33 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

Obama has done a good job rolling back many Bush mis policies but he has a long way to go
He will get blamed for everything they and Bush did. Sadly with many having such short memories if any at all they will get away with it in many cases.

I was following CPAC the so called Conservative political action conference. It was sickeningly debilitating knowing the Republicans destroyed everything and hearing them all blame it on us and Obama.

If they have their way and Obama only has one term and we are in major trouble!

4:08 PM  
Blogger lindsaylobe said...

I agree with you and also say well on the Obama administration - an admirable first step to integrity.

However I also draw your attention to testimony recently reported in the NY times of Obama nominees endorsing continuation of the CIA’s prior program of transferring suspected terrorists to other countries without any legal rights for indefinite periods.

There is no requirement for detained suspects to ever have to appear in court -even when suspects are arrested far from any war zone.

The new administration is also embracing the Bush’s legal team’s arguments that the current lawsuit by former C.I.A. detainees should be shut down because of the “state secrets” doctrine.

Additionally it has also left the door open to resuming military commission trials.

It seems unlikely the new administration will be blamed for the actions of the previous one since (except for a few notable changes) they intend to follow on in its inequitable footsteps.

Best wishes

1:06 AM  
Blogger Zee said...

Good picture you gave here.
I must agree with you also, that politics go on as "business as usual"...

5:54 PM  
Blogger susan said...

I must say the best thing would be that they never get sent off to unnecessary wars in the first place. When they die it's better the country knows.

I hope you're well. It's been a while..

11:20 PM  
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3:54 PM  
Anonymous Ian said...

Nice to see the decision out of the government's hands and into those of the families.

Remind me... who's the big government party?

7:25 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Nice to see you're still 'on the job' and consistent too! You're a good person.

Hope all's well in your slice of the world.

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