Theodore's World: Obama and Gates Open to Lifting Ban On Flag-draped Coffins of U.S. War Casualties

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March 02, 2009

Obama and Gates Open to Lifting Ban On Flag-draped Coffins of U.S. War Casualties

Defense Secretary Gates has given in to their manufactured anti-war outrage. He will now allow flag draped coffins to be used as anti-America propaganda by the CODE Piink, media military haters and traitors to our troops and our country.


The Pentagon will lift its ban on media coverage of the flag-draped coffins of war victims* arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.
I have decided that the decision regarding media coverage of the dignified transfer process at Dover should be made by those most directly affected -- the families," he said at a news conference.
But the families of the victims will have the final say on whether to allow the coverage, he said.

Pentagon to allow pictures of flag-draped coffins


The ban has been imposed since the days of the first Gulf War with some exceptions including the return of Navy seamen killed during the attack on the USS Cole in October 2000.

But former President George W. Bush asserted a stricter ban during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sparking criticism that the federal government was hiding the human cost of its military operations.

Gates, who was also Pentagon chief in the final years of the Bush administration, said he first asked about changing the policy over a year ago. But Pentagon officials advised him that the ban should be retained to protect family privacy.

President Barack Obama asked for a policy review early this month and Gates said that drew a call for change from the U.S. Army, which represents the largest portion of war dead.

"My conclusion was that we should not presume to make the decision for the families," Gates said.

Wild Thing's comment......

I was so ticked off at this that I did not post about it right away.

One thing I was thinking yesterday about this is that the ENTIRE group of families on any one transport of coffins has to agree that the coffins will have media coverage, so I would think this will end up being a no deal. I hope so.

We all know how evil those on the leflt are and they will be taking pictures of flag draped coffins and use them as props!

Obama has said his children are off limits. But to him our dead Heroes are not.

First the officers arrive at your door to inform you that you’ve lost your beloved soldier. Arrangements have to be made through the horror and the tears and THEN these poor families have to be polled, more or less, along with other families whose dead loved ones are returning to make a unanimous decision whether or not to let the media film the return, which will be used as a publicity stunt , and get plastered all over the media.

Obama does not look eye to eye with our military as he walks past them when he gave his speech to the Marines the other day. I have yet to see a photo of him with eye contact when he salutes as he gets on and off the plane as well. But he wants to allow something like this? He is not stupid and he knows it will be used as a tool by horrible people like that Phelps preacher and his vile fake church and all kinds of other lowlifes.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 2, 2009 05:47 AM


I can see Obama not caring about making a public spectacle out our fallen troops but when the SecDef doesn't care, something's not right.

Posted by: BobF at March 2, 2009 10:45 AM

I figured Secretary Gates was the only member of the Cabinet with his head on right(get it?)
But here goes. If one of those were the coffin of my eldest step-son and I were at Dover AFB,it would get ugly. The first media photographer to break out his camera would get a severe whipping. by that I mean the following.
1. Verbal Command to stop
2. Stow camera
If the above fails, grab him/her by the collar and commence to rearrange their face with many hard and fast blows. They would get the message, then, I would think.
The backlash from MSNBC and CNN would be unreal. Not to mention all those newspapers that seem to leak classified information on the services activities. The thought of an Old Retired Petty Officer First Class giving the media a physical beating would fill up their outlets for a week.

Posted by: Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET at March 2, 2009 11:41 AM

Obama does not care about the military or the dead. Neither does most of the media. As you said WT, the dead will be used as props for an anti military agenda.

Obama is in essence no better than the Rev Phelps bunch that try to protest at military funerals.

Posted by: TomR at March 2, 2009 12:30 PM

As a nation we have lost our moral compass. We use our fallen heroes as anti war pawns in a political struggle of class warfare, my utter disgust is palpable. Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch are prime examples of the disgusting distorted and disrespectful exploitation.
Please go here and read The End. To my brothers and sisters who are serving and have served, thank you.
Barack Hussein Obama exhibited his respect for the dead during the finals of the general election process, during which his maternal grandmother who raised and nourished him died, then he openly displayed his respect through his callous and illegal dumping of her ashes in the ocean. Would Michelle allow that of her mother or grandmother? Everything he does is about 'HIM'. Now to the dead and their exploitation. I deployed with the 259th QM battalion. The Army Quartermaster Corps governs many facets of support for all the military and as such were were QC 'guests'. My first two weeks in country were with spent as a guest of these folks. It was a humbling experience until our gear arrived in port. Respect our fallen, their motto read "In Reverence, Please Uncover". Simple, but it honored those lying on the processing tables. Obama will not even look a live Marine or Soldier in the eye. On to more pleasant memories Thank you too Chrissie.

Posted by: Jack at March 2, 2009 01:26 PM

Yes, screw the families of these brave troops that are defending their rights to be A$#holes. What has CODE PINK and their ilk done to protect our country and our freedoms. The answer is absolutely nothing.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at March 2, 2009 07:15 PM

I can barely wait to see the public execution of Barry Hussein O'Vomit for high treason. I'm gonna bring a bottle of Glenlivet and drink the whole 1/5th myself to celebrate.

Posted by: cuchieddie-25th ID Vet at March 2, 2009 07:51 PM

Hey cuchieddie,
Can I have a shot if I bring my own paper cup? Just a question.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at March 2, 2009 08:16 PM

Hey cuchieddie,
Can I have a shot if I bring my own paper cup? I'll bring some snacks. Don't want you to think I just have my hand out.Just a question.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at March 2, 2009 08:17 PM

Well now its obam's war. His promise was to end it. Now the casualties will be on his watch. The left wing fringe side of his party will be furious with the continuation of hostilties in Afghanistan. Especially now that he has ramped up the ante.

But the bottom line is the families who may not want the photos taken and put on public display. Once again Bureacracy triumphs over the American family and what is really right for the country. But since when has a democrat ever cared about the American Family.

Posted by: Mark at March 2, 2009 09:22 PM