Obama Salutes Slain Soldiers Return to US – But Won't Send Reinforcements …Update: Only 1 Family Allowed Photo-Op
The president woke early to meet the plane returning to home with the bodies of 18 soldiers killed this week in Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama, right, salutes as an Army carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind., during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The media was quite impressed noting that it was a “dramatic image not witnessed in years.”
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 this week in Afghanistan, a brutal stretch that turned October into the most deadly month for U.S. troops since the war began.
The dramatic image of Obama on the tarmac was a portrait not witnessed in years.
But as US soldiers continue to serve in harm’s way the president continues to dither and waffle about sending more troops into Afghanistan to finish the job.
October was the deadliest month for the US in Afghanistan.
More… Hermie added:
George W Bush did not turn his visits to families of fallen heroes into self-promoting photo ops for the MSM to gush over. He made sure that it was done in private, respecting the families and their deceased loved ones.
Still More… Kenny Solomon added this:
The commander-in-chief of the armed forces of The United States of America has welcomed home 18 of those under his command who have fallen. For that act, reading nothing into it, I say thank you, Sir.
However, I firmly believe the very same commander-in-chief of the armed forces of The United States of America is purposely working towards the defeat of the armed forces of The United States of America and thus the nation and her people.
It is also thoroughly abhorrent to me that the current commander-in-chief of the armed forces of The United States of America is attempting to project an understanding of the honor and gravity involved in what is taking place before him.
God Bless those in harms way, those who served and those who will wear the uniform tomorrow.
UPDATE: Only one of the families allowed the president to use the occasion for his photo-op.