I don't know about you guys but that turns my stomach, maybe it turns the President's as well, and maybe that's why he's ( What did DICK CHENEY ) call it .......dithering Politically snarky Bastard. PERIOD. These folks are dead for their ignorant falsehoods about terror.
Yes it took a Hoosier all of 18 to get a VERY IMPORTANT PHOTO OP of reality. Imagine being 18 again. I'm proud to be a Hoosier and salute the great family from Terre Haute.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. – Standing in the pre-dawn darkness, President Barack Obama saw the real cost of the war in Afghanistan: The Americans who return in flag-covered cases while much of the nation sleeps in peace.
In a midnight dash to this Delaware base, where U.S. forces killed overseas come home, Obama honored the return of 18 fallen Americans Thursday. All were killed in Afghanistan this week, a brutal stretch that turned October into the most deadly month for U.S. troops since the war began.
The dramatic image of a president on the tarmac was a portrait not witnessed in years. Former President George W. Bush spent lots of time with grieving military families but never went to Dover to meet the remains coming off the cargo plane. Obama did so with the weight of knowing he may soon send more troops off to war.
For all the talk of his potential troop increase — maybe 40,000, maybe some other large figure — Obama got a grim reminder of the number that counts: one.
His name was Dale R. Griffin, an Army sergeant from Terre Haute, Ind. He was the last fallen soldier to come before Obama. And his remains were the only ones to be honored in full view of the media with the permission of his family. An 18-year ban on such coverage was lifted this year under Obama's watch.
18 Year ban so the Administration could SANITIZE Death. Disgusting-put the proper face on it for all the sheep to see.
The man some love to heckle, love to hate, make cartoons of, poke fun at his ears, birth certificate, parents, wife, kids, basketball, golf .....not unlike those before him 4 sure--but at least he's making some sort of effort with a real " HUMAN TOUCH " Sickening that that makes some peoples skin crawl. Shameful.
The president led a team of officials onto the gray C-17 cargo plane carrying Griffin, and then back off, where they stood for several minutes in a line of honor.
It was not quite 4 a.m. The sky was black and a yellowish light came from poles flanking the flight. The only sounds were a whirring power unit on the plane and the clicking of cameras. A blue vehicle carrying members of Griffin's family pulled up.
The president saluted as six soldiers in camouflage and black berets carried Griffin's remains into a waiting white van.
The military calls the process a dignified transfer, not a ceremony, because there is nothing to celebrate. The cases are not labeled coffins, although they come off looking that way, enveloped in flags.
On a clear fall night, the president zipped to Dover in about 40 minutes. He immediately spoke privately in a chapel with all the family members.
The solemn process of transferring remains of 15 soldiers and three Drug Enforcement Agency agents unfolded in four separate movements. Obama took part in all of them. A chaplain offered prayers for the fallen, the crews that brought them home, the families who lost a loved one, and a nation embroiled in war.
By 4:45 a.m., the president had touched back down on the South Lawn, where even an active White House was sleepy.
He walked inside, alone.
Sleep well people....... Sleep well and keep dreaming about your donuts, fast food, lawns, and oh yes,,, your wii's and PDA's...
Bush once said that he felt the appropriate way to show his respect was to meet with family members in private.
The lifting of the ban on media coverage of bodies returning to Dover was done to keep the human cost of war from being shielded from the public.
Obama saw it directly.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091029/ap_ ... n_soldiers
Bring Em Home Cole