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How We Bury the War Dead

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2010 4:31 am by HL

How We Bury the War Dead
Dreazen & Fields, Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military didn't always bring home its dead. In the Seminole Indian Wars in the early 1800s, most of the troops were buried near where they fell. The remains of some dead officers were collected and sent back to their families, but only if the men's relatives paid all of the costs. Families had to buy and ship a leaded coffin to a designated military quartermaster, and after the body had been disinterred, they had to cover the costs of bringing the coffin home.Today, air crews have flown the remains of more than 5,000 dead troops back to the U.S. since the conflicts in Iraq…

What We Owe Our Troops
Ralph Peters, New York Post
Each Memorial Day, we’re treated to countless columns thanking our men and women in uniform for their service and honoring those we have lost or who suffered wounds. The rhetoric’s well intentioned. But it isn’t enough.In the midst of war, we owe our troops far more than an annual pat on the back. Those who serve on the front lines and the vast array of military members supporting them have immediate and vital needs. On several important counts, we’re letting them down.

Idiocy in Brussels Spout
Jonah Goldberg, Boston Herald
"˜Joe Biden.” With the exception of “broken teleprompter,” these are the scariest two words in the White House communications shop.One advantage Biden has over Obama is he can always claim he was “just being Joe” whenever he says something controversial. In this way, Biden reminds me a bit of the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, who would say “nice” things in English and evil things in Arabic. The press would largely ignore the Arabic and take him at his word in English. Receive news alertsBiden gets away with a similar technique, only it's all…

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