Duty, Honor, Country, Garbage Dump…
How in the fucking hell is this even possible? Has the military ethos of “no man left behind” completely broken down or is it that the desk bound pencil pushers willing to make any sacrifice (by someone else) to try to save a few dollars for their next pet whizbang weapon system taken control? (that will of course take twenty years in development and cost ten times the original estimate while making many of them moderately wealthy and opening a plethora of future well paid job opportunities).
The incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill, according to government records, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
Air Force officials said that the dumping was hidden from families who had given authorization for the remains to be disposed of in a respectful and dignified manner, according to the newspaper.
There were no plans to inform families, officials told the newspaper…
Last month, Pentagon and Air Force officials said that figuring out how many remains were sent to the King George County, Va., landfill would take combing through the records of more than 6,300 troops…
“It would require a massive effort and time to recall records and research individually,” Jo Ann Rooney, the Pentagon’s acting undersecretary for personnel, said in a Nov. 22 letter to Rep. Rush Holt (Dem.-N.J.), who has pressured the Pentagon for information on the issue on behalf of one of his constituents, according to the newspaper.
Holt reacted angrily to the news, the newspaper reported.
“What the hell?” he told the Post. “We spent millions, tens of millions, to find any trace of soldiers killed, and they’re concerned about a ‘massive’ effort to go back and pull out the files and find out how many soldiers were disrespected this way?”
“They just don’t want to ask questions or look very hard,” he added, according to the newspaper.