Thursday, February 26, 2009

Photos of the Fallen

The Pentagon has reversed its policy of prohibiting the taking of photographs of coffins returning to Dover Air Force Base from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is not surprising; the debate over the propriety of allowing photographs to be taken was reopened when Obama took office. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that he was "never comfortable" with the ban. The decision whether or not to allow photographs of individual coffins will be made in consultation with the families, who will have veto power. That's entirely appropriate.

I'm in favor of this change in policy. If I were in one of those coffins, I would want my sacrifice recorded for posterity.

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