Screw the facts -- we just hate the Clintons:
You've got to admire the Bush administration's restraint in refusing to be goaded by Hillary Rodham Clinton's latest sputterings about Iraq.
Because New York's junior senator has gone way over the line of what constitutes legitimate political debate....
The senator this week accused the White House of trying to cover up the visual impact of U.S. casualties in Iraq by refusing to let Americans see "the sight of caskets coming home" to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware....
... In fact, preventing the media from filming the arrival of dead servicemen at Dover has been government policy for the past decade.
Including when Bill Clinton was president - and Americans came home in coffins from places like Somalia and Haiti and Bosnia/Herzegovina and from the port of Yemen, where USS Cole was attacked by Osama bin Laden.
We don't recall either Hillary or her husband inviting press photographers to Dover to film the arrival of those coffins....
--New York Post editorial today
Though Dover Air Force Base, which has the military's largest mortuary, has had restrictions for 12 years, ... photos of coffins arriving at Andrews and elsewhere continued to appear through the Clinton administration. In 1996, Dover made an exception to allow filming of Clinton's visit to welcome the 33 caskets with remains from Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown's plane crash. In 1998, Clinton went to Andrews to see the coffins of Americans killed in the terrorist bombing in Nairobi. Dover also allowed public distribution of photos of the homecoming caskets after the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in 2000.
--Washington Post, October 21, 2003
(Scroll down here for some photos of remains of Cole victims at Dover. And here are more. These are Navy and Defense Department photos -- but they are publicly available, and nothing's available from Dover now. Current Bush policy, according to the Washington Post article, bans not only photos but the ceremonies themselves.)