The recent deadly Taliban ambush that killed off an entire team of our counter-jihadist fighters in Afghanistan has prompted some unusual responses from the president and the U.S. armed services. The dead are reputedly the team that that took out Osama bin Laden. The president has closed the arrival to the U.S. of their remains to journalists, overturning his earlier policy of publicity for such events. In addition, their names will not be released to the public due to "reluctance" expressed by senior officers. One wonders what CAIR will have to say about this comment as quoted from the story linked here.
"There were concerns expressed by the SOCOM (US Special Operations Command) commander about the safety of the members of the unit and their families and the families of the fallen," a senior military officer told AFP.
"He's raised concerns and senior leaders are looking at it right now," the officer added, requesting anonymity."
If our armed forces can be lethally attacked from within on closely guarded military camps and bases by motivated Muslim jihadists from within their own ranks, as has been the army's experience with Hasan Akbar and Nidal Hasan, it seems wise to attend to their veiled warning to us about our own backyards and what might be in store for us if we are too forthright and public about the neighborhoods where our warriors' families live. It appears that the armed services consider, but cannot explicitly say, that supporters or agents of al Qaeda may be a threat to the families of the fallen here on American soil. In any event, precautions are being taken.
Are there any other reasons that the unit commander might be concerned about the safety of the families of the fallen? I'd like to hear them if there are.