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As many as 6,600 US military graves mixed up

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Why is this so badly written?

a lack of resources for the scandal that forced his ouster.

Also, where is Afghanistanan?

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These two knuckleheads should do some jail time.

If some Private responsible for the Armory was to lose track of 211 plus M-16's or M92 handguns, then you could be assured he or she would be called 0n the carpet and headed to the clink for a stay.

But then again, the long arm of the military is limited when it come to civilans.

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National Healthcare will never produce nightmare stories like this one. No.

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If this had been Japanese graves, how many people would have written in saying "Typical Japanese. Can't organise anything properly. Bunch of muppets Third world country. etc. But because this is America, it's all somehow the fault of individuals.

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LOL @ kyushujoe. Good one.

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" "Typical Japanese. Can't organise anything properly."

Anyone who has lived in Japan would not say such a thing!

Ever been in Makeman? Organised row after row. Same with COOP! They have "organise" down to a tee.

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kyushujoe: "If this had been Japanese graves, how many people would have written in saying "Typical Japanese. Can't organise anything properly. Bunch of muppets Third world country. etc. But because this is America, it's all somehow the fault of individuals."

If it were regular graves, not the military graves of shredded remains coming home from who knows what wars, then I'd agree. It's still a travesty, don't get me wrong, but the comparisons aren't really all that good, my friend.

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Also, where is Afghanistanan?

It's one of the 57 U.S. states Obama visited while he was running for president.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

RR

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Also, where is Afghanistanan?

It's answered in the article:

Afghanistanan is located across the Potomac River from Washington

<whistles>

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Why is this newsworthy or surprising? Why should a government that doesn't give a rat's a*s about its soldiers while they're alive care about them after they're dead?

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@yokomoc

hahahahhahhahahahah, nice;) I just lol'd in the office and I'm getting funny looks now.

How do they know if the graves have been misidentified or misplaced?

It is a disgrace, but I'm sure this isn't a rare event.

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Shocking news....

People having been dying to get into those graves for years!

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ben4short - the military delegates caring for service members to those of us in the Chaplain Corps. And we take it seriously. That said, we can't control the management at national cemeteries. We do funeral rites and family care, and we have to hope that the cemetary management is competent. MrDog - unfortunately, it is a problem when the management can't keep track of simple records. You'd think it would be easy (name, date, plot #). It seems like something that could easily be put into an Excel spreadsheet or similar database and easily brought up. Usually, it goes unnoticed unless a family member visits and can't find their relative.

on a side note, I agree with all the comments suggesting that this article is not particularly well-written.

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This is an embarassment.

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Personally I blame those ten Russian spies; they have exposed the truth about the US, totally incompetent.

smithinjapan at 12:54 PM JST - 30th July

“not the military graves of shredded remains coming home from who knows what wars”

Nice try at miss direction there, but not really what this is all about. By the time the dead reach Arlington they have been (rightly or wrongly) identified it is where they have or haven’t been put after that that is the issue here. You might also keep in mind that not all dead soldiers go to Arlington so it is not as though there was sudden rushes of incoming dead that might overwhelm the system. This is simply people who have got lazy because management isn’t managing. So much for respecting the heroic dead of the country.

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who ran the historic military burial ground for 19 years

That's probably the key phrase... People probably assumed that since the guy had been doing it for 2 decades that things were going well.

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SuperLib,

Well that makes perfect sense in the civilian sector, most military organizations have inspections that they go through periodically to prevent this type of thing. I see it at my office all the time. I can't say if they did at the cemetery but wow, what a tragedy due to a lack of oversight.

Taka

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