Fallen hero -- or freight?

A San Diego TV station reports on what happens after those flag-draped coffins leave Dover AFB.

By Tim Grieve

Published December 12, 2005 8:32PM (EST)

George W. Bush is forever talking about the day when American troops will come home from Iraq with the honor they deserve. Somehow, we don't think this is what he has in mind: A San Diego TV station is reporting that, while the bodies of fallen soldiers arrive at Dover Air Force Base in flag-covered coffins, many are shipped off from there as freight on commercial airliners, "stuffed in the belly of a plane with suitcases and other cargo."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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