Okay I will be frank and blunt about this. I am totally every-freakin cheesed off by this ill-conceived and cowardly decision by Secretary of Defense Gates. For all his warts and bad calls, I wish Rumsfeld was back.
What am I talking about? Gates has allowed, at the discretion of the families involved, access to the KIAs returning to Dover from Iraq and Afghanistan. Discretion of the families my horse's posterior, this was a dodge to escape blame for this fiasco waiting to happen.
News flash Mr. Secretary. When they come off the plane at Dover, they have to be taken to mortuary affairs and processed. Go watch Taking Chance or read the story to learn what the people at Dover AFB do for each of our heroes. There is NO family involvement at Dover. As one of the guys at BlackFive said, Dover is the last chance for the big military family to say goodbye. to make sure everything is perfect and in order to lessen the burden on the families. 'Dover is ours,' he said.
Secretary Gates, this decision will come back to haunt you and you will have deserved it. You caved so someone else could fulfill a campaign promise. Pitiful.