Alright what the ****.
Since Orius you have not yield to my request so be it time to pay the Devil.
First and for most your not an American so your feeble opion doesn't count nor shall it ever. We ( The United States) have had a standing policy since the end of our Civil War to NEVER Leave our dead on the Field and to never give up the search for OUR POW/MIA. It is part of the DoD job and is funded thru Congress to do so.
I suggest you take the time and read this link before you make any more assinine comments.
JPAC - Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command
Oh and for the record your Country of Canada also does these types of searchs. About 3 Months ago four Canadian Soldier remain were found at Dieppe and return back to Canada.
As for you rathi, you have no idea what your talking about we do not just go after Pilots that have been capture we go after all of our Men and Women does Jessica Lynch ring a bell for you huh???
As for are MIA searchs I also suggest you go and read the link that I posted and then after come back and HUMBLE admit you were wrong.
I never made such a claim. Our military rescues everyone it can, but circumstances prevent it from always being able to rescue everyone. Pilots are harder to replace than other soldiers, so they get priority for rescue. In Iraq, rescue is almost always practical because most units aren't engaged in heavy combat. In Vietnam, we didn't have that luxury and had to leave a lot of people behind.As for you rathi, you have no idea what your talking about we do not just go after Pilots that have been capture we go after all of our Men and Women does Jessica Lynch ring a bell for you huh???
Considering that you completely misunderstood my argument, I would suggest you don't go around calling other people humble.As for are MIA searchs I also suggest you go and read the link that I posted and then after come back and HUMBLE admit you were wrong.
The chances of him still being a POW were close to zero. Saddam would have jumped at the propaganda oppurtunity, and we would have found records during the invasion. The investigation was to bring closure to the family and boost morale.While Captain Speicher was listed as KIA, his whereabouts were unknown. As far as the U.S. military knew, he was a POW, and not deceased. Of course they are going to try and keep looking for his whereabouts...AS THEY SHOULD
I was also thinking that another good reason to recover a particular individual would be if their recovery could mean learning about valuable intelligence. I do know that even Canada would pursue someone for this reason... but I'm not aware of any protocol for universally recovering any and all soldiers indefinitely, and if there were such a policy I would not support it.
Can I ask why pilots are more valuable? Is it because they are harder to train? In my mind, ground troops have a higher chance of encountering situations of valuable intelligence, whereas pilots are just in the air as part of their combat.
Also... I just want to clarify that I think short-term search and rescue makes sense. If someone goes missing now then looking for them now is practical. I just don't think it's practical to actively search for someone for 18 years, unless that individual is suspected of having special intelligence that is useful to operations.
Last edited by Orion; 08-05-09 at 04:45 AM.
I don't think they were actively searching for 18 years, but rather the file has been left open until definitive answers were provided. In terms of cost, I don't think one soldier will be that costly as to second guess whether this policy should continue. On the other hand I think we should accept that in a conflict the size of WWII it is simply impractical to search for every soldier. But even today when proof or evidence can lead to recovery, the government has never had an issue with the costs. It is both good for moral for the soldiers, but also in a way a small price we can as citizens pay back to those who sacrificed.