Thursday, April 28, 2005

Out of Focus

The Pentagon, under pressure from open-government advocates, released hundreds of images Thursday of flag-draped coffins of American soldiers.

So reports NewsMax this evening. Fine, you've got your photos now, all you "open-government advocates." But I have some questions for you.

Where are your demands for photos of the schools and hospitals that our troops have protected as they were rebuilt and reopened? Why haven't we seen any footage of Iraqi children running to greet American soldiers, as my soldier wrote me they often do as the troops make their patrols? Why haven't any journalists signed up to shadow the wounded troops who are working hard to recover, trying to get back into action with their buddies?

Every fallen soldier is a tragedy. Not just to his or her family, but to our nation. These brave young people are the best of all this country has to offer, and each loss is incalculable. Our troops have chosen this path, fortunately for us who are comfortable and safe at home. Why can't "open government advocates" insist on more coverage of our military's courageous deeds while they are alive, on duty, and in action?

Priorities are sadly out of focus when it is more important to show pictures of caskets than it is to show gratitude and support for the men and women who defend our country.