The military in this country is among the top assets we have. They help to keep us free, put their lives on the line for our safety, and go into lands unknown for missions that they may or may not personally agree with. Sure, there may be bad soldiers… just like there are bad doctors and bad teachers. But, the vast majority of these brave men and brave women are among the best and brightest that this country has to offer. When they go missing or are marked as Prisoners of War, it become crucial, then, that we do everything we can as a country and as a government to return them safely to home.

The Pentagon, however, is examining the potential that waste, fraud, and abuse was taking place within the task force sent to locate missing men and women overseas. Specifically, they are investigating the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command for being an agency rampant with waste and with a lack of oversight. There was alleged to be problems with accountability and abuse even when attempting to locate the missing remains of fallen soldiers.

What is not surprising about this case is that at first glance it is just another case of waste and abuse of power, two things that run rampant in our modern political system. What is extremely frustrating, however, is that lives and futures of our fallen were on the line. There is no joke that waste of any kind should be looked at with disdain and mistakes do happen. But to think that the agency that was charged with finding our brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty and bringing them back to the shores from once the left is appalling and should be looked at closely for any fault. Another example of abuse of power but one abuse gone too far.

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