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PENTAGON: ‘Total failure’ is an insult

July 19, 2013

Beside and just below the American flag at many places in our area can be seen the black and white POW/MIA banner....

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Jul-21-13 9:30 AM

This is kind of like Hillarys statement concerning Bengazi. They are dead so what does it matter. This friends is the attitude of our Government. We recruit we send them off to war and if they come up missing or dead a cursory search will be undertaken and if nothing is found then its over. This is how our Government treats MIA. We as a nation have really gone down hill when it comes to recovering our dead. Once the battle is finished there is no effort by our lawmakers to spend money to recover those lost. It stinks. But this is what our government has been reduced to take care of the lawmakers and to*****with the little people. Makes me sick. But until we can rid the Congress of these backward thinkers this is the way its going to be. private groups have done more to locate MIA and KIA's than the Government they served.

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Jul-19-13 1:45 PM

Each and every day at daybreak a candle is lit in a pew at the Cadet Chapel at West Point. That Pew is reserved for when MIA/POW's return. Each and every evening at dusk that candle is extinguished. It is for sure symbolic of our(those of us that wore the uniform,and others I fervently hope)commitment to do whatever it takes,no matter the cost, to bring our brothers and sisters who gave their all home to rest in this great land!

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Jul-19-13 12:57 PM

BS Mr Christopher,not a waste of money if properly managed! We leave NO ONE behind if there is even a small, even minuscule chance of recovery!

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Jul-19-13 12:03 PM

That's 1649 STILL missing. We've recovered about a thousand.

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Jul-19-13 12:02 PM

I hate to say it, but it's a very typical example of Military arrogance and spending by far too many upper level officials and officers. As for the hunt for POW's, anything much older than Vietnam is almost a preposterous effort, and we've actually done quite well there. The last numbers I heard were about 1649. That includes 468 lost over water, so forget that. Several hundred were lost in Laos and Cambodia, and again, recovery is most doubtful. So, the biggest issue here is the waste of money. The odds are not in favor of a lot more recovery.

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Jul-19-13 9:03 AM

Vietnam pulls the same crap as well DKexpat.

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Jul-19-13 8:49 AM

The JPAC report stirred quite a buzz here in the DC area. This is more than “just history” – it’s keeping a promise to every parent, spouse and sibling of an MIA/POW, as well as to the person who donned the uniform. Instead, without major changes, “the descent from dysfunction to total failure is inevitable.”

The two-star that buried it has already retired. The current commander, also a two-star, would not refute the claims in the report: “I’d say you’re right, and we’re doing something about it.”

For example, North Korea snookered JPAC to the tune of millions of dollars for digging up bodies that were “planted” in former US fighting positions. The report also called out recent “military tourism” – especially trips to Europe – as “a pattern of foreign travel, accommodations and activities paid for by public funds that are ultimately unnecessary, excessive, inefficient or unproductive.”


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