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What the Pentagon Is Hiding

Lt. Col. Billy Hall, one of the most senior officers to be killed in the Iraq war, was laid to rest yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery. It's hard to escape the conclusion that the Pentagon doesn't want you to know that.

The family of 38-year-old Hall, who leaves behind two young daughters and two stepsons, gave their permission for the media to cover his Arlington burial -- a decision many grieving families make so that the nation will learn about their loved ones' sacrifice. But the military had other ideas, and they arranged the Marine's burial yesterday so that no sound, and few images, would make it into the public domain.

That's a shame, because Hall's story is a moving reminder that the war in Iraq, forgotten by much of the nation, remains real and present for some.

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-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | April 24, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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Let's be honest, birds of a feather flock together. People associate with those whose views match their own. There is no doubt in my mind that Rev. Wright and Barack Obama share the same ideology. That being said, Wright does make a valid point about Zionism, which should not be confused with Judaism. Zionism has the potential to hurt Judaism and destroy the state of Israel. Many apocalyptical Christians are feverent Zionists. Zionism is not Judaism. Many news reporters confuse Zionism and Judaism. A Zionist can be a Jew, a Zionist can also be a Christian.

Posted by: neutral_observer | April 28, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

You know, it would be nice to get just one snark-free column from this guy. Despite how wrong the pundits have been throughout this process, Milbank acts as if he knows what's best for everyone, that he has all the answers.

After months of writing fawning puff pieces from the "straight talk express" he know gets his jollies snarking about Hillary Clinton. Contrary to his tone, they're not smart, they're not fresh, they're certainly not funny. They're fatuous, sophomoric and biased.

This is the kind of nonsense that put Bush in the white house in 2000, and again in 2004.

One would think journalistic solons like Milbank would have taken this election a little more seriously.

Fat chance.

Funny, though, how you never read this kind of smug foolishness about McCain.

Posted by: monk | May 7, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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