Thursday, February 26, 2009

And just like that, I'm a Robert Gates fan ...

For me, proof that even in the most stressful times, life is still full of happy surprises.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has reversed the policy that forbid press coverage of flag-draped caskets carrying the remains of fallen U.S. soldiers coming into Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The decision will now be left up to individual families whether to allow media access to each homecoming.

If draping a flag over the casket is not meant to be a visual symbol, then why do it? And if it is a visual symbol, why are we afraid for people to see it? And if the family of the fallen wants to share it with the world, why shouldn't they be able to as part of their efforts to fully honor their family member?

The policy was first put in place in 1991 by George H.W. Bush, and this time around has been in effect since 2001. (I believe President Clinton put a hold on the regulation when he was in office, but I'll have to double check on that.)

Anyway, as they say on one of my favorite blogs, Shakespeare's Sister, taking one little teaspoon out of the sea of injustice.

Photo from ABC News.

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