As a former member of the Illinois National Guard, stories like this are especially painful and infuriating.
In June 2004, two American soldiers from the California National Guard were killed in Iraq by the bastards we're supposed to be trying to help over there. The Army didn't tell the families that until yesterday.
Spc. Patrick McCaffrey and 1st Lt. Andre Tyson were training Iraqi military, and had expressed doubts about the trustworthiness of the "soldiers" they were training. Fellow Guardsmen believed right away that Iraqi troops were responsible for the killings.
Here's a quote from the article:
Army officials blamed the delay on the complexity of the case, and said that politics over the war in Iraq played no role in the holdup. But McCaffrey's father, Bob McCaffrey of Redding, scoffed at that claim.
"It's a bunch of lies, a bunch of smoke and mirrors. It makes me mad as hell," McCaffrey said. "But the military does not make these decisions on their own. They're told by the administration, 'No, that could be damaging.' They're told not to talk to the McCaffreys, that it could be damaging. They just have no regard for the truth."
A fitting summary of this entire administration, if you ask me.