Tami Silicio is my Kind of Hero
She recently took a picture in Kuwait that made it to the Seattle Times, with her permission.
Here are the comments of hers that made it into the Seattle Times:
For U.S. troops, April has been the worst month of this war, with at least 94 service members killed by hostile fire.
"So far this month, almost every night we send them home," Silicio said. "... It's tough. Very tough."
Today we find that she has been fired. Here's how it is playing in Australia in the headlines:
"I lost my job and they let my husband go as well," Tami Silicio, who loaded U.S. military cargo at Kuwait International Airport for a U.S. company, told Reuters in an e-mail response to questions.
The Pentagon tightly restricts publication of photographs of coffins with the remains of U.S. soldiers and has forbidden journalists from taking pictures at Dover Air Force Base where the caskets of slain soldiers usually first stop on their return to the United States.
The military says the policy is in place to protect the privacy of families of those killed, but critics have said the rules are aimed at sanitizing the war for the public.
I'm sure there will be conservative spin, and the attack dogs of talk radio will personally attack this woman. Remember, there is no shame anymore. But if I were the relative of one of the fallen, I'd be up in arms about this little escapade.
Maybe this is how Bush creates jobs?