The Associated Press (July 7, 2013) has confirmed what many of us have believed for over 40 years. Their review of an internal government report (previously withheld by military leaders) states that “The Pentagon’s effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from ‘dysfunction to total failure’…being sluggish, duplicative and subjected to too little scientific rigor.
“The report paints a picture of a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a military-run group known as JPAC and headed by a two-star general, as woefully inept and even corrupt. The command is digging up too few clues on former battlefields, relying on inaccurate databases and engaging in expensive “boondoggles” in Europe, the study concludes.”
The report goes on to state that “The failings cited by the report reflect one aspect of a broader challenge to achieving a uniquely American mission — accounting for the estimated 73,661 service members still listed as missing from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.”
The brave men and women who were left on foreign ground (either dead or alive) deserve better. Their loved ones deserve closure. These are my brothers and sisters. These are the brothers and sisters of ALL of us. They did their job. Now it is time for the government (which keeps knocking on our door for more money, promising to “help”) to do what is right. GET OUR MEN AND WOMEN HOME!
And those who oversaw and covered up this failure need to face courts martial or civilian trial and, if found guilty, to be put away for a very long time.