Today's Teapot Tempest Courtesy Senator Barbara Boxer
Feel blessed that your son has been returned to you. Prior to the Korean War the dead were not routinely returned home. Your son had a military escort from Dover Air Force Base to San Diego. This has been the procedure of the military for years. Fifty years ago my father escorted a coffin from Elmendorf Air Force Base to the states. Here’s another news flash for you Barbara. Coffins are routinely returned home in this country by commercial airline. No one is going to pay for a cross country hearse.
What has cheapened this whole affair is Barbara Boxer’s mishandling of this affair. First of all Senators normally turn requests for assistance over to the Representative of the district the requestor resides. Obviously Barbara Boxer’s hatred of George Bush, his policies and the Iraq situation caused her to violate protocol and attempt to cause an embarrassing incident. The only embarrassing incident here is Barbara Boxer.
Army defends transporting of dead to U.S. on commercial flights
By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Wednesday, December 14, 2005
WASHINGTON — Defense officials confirmed this week that the bodies of deceased troops are usually transported as freight on commercial airlines, but they insisted the practice is not unusual or disrespectful.
The practice came under scrutiny this week after Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., helped arrange an honor guard to welcome the body of a San Diego soldier, Spc. Matthew Holley, killed in Iraq in mid-November.