Two Years Too Late For an All Points Bulletin

Posted: Jun 18, 2010 12:21 PM
Fox News is reporting this week that over the past two years, 17 Afghan military officers have gone missing from a U.S. Air Force base in Texas. What's most troubling about this story is not that these soldiers went missing in the first place, although that is a major concern, but that it took two years for the military to alert local and federal law enforcement of the situation. To make matters worse, these soldiers have security badges that grant them access to U.S. defense installations.

One solider going missing should have raised concerned. 17 is absolutely unacceptable. Could we have at least put their faces on milk cartons? Something to show some sort of urgency in accounting for their whereabouts.

We need to seriously reassess our protocols for dealing with foreign nationals here in the United States, and consider suspending any further acceptance of foreign military personnel until these missing 17 are accounted for. Anything less would be sheer ineptitude by an Administration responsible for keeping us safe.
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