"Hours after a personal encounter with the grim cost of war, President Barack Obama said Thursday the sight of 18 flag-covered cases holding the remains of Americans killed this week in Afghanistan can't help but influence his thinking about sending more troops overseas. "It was a sobering reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our young men and women in uniform are engaging in every single day, not only our troops but their families as well," Obama said from the White House, reflecting briefly on his surprise middle-of-the-night trip to Dover Air Force Base to observe the return of the fallen Americans to the United States."
I give Obama credit for doing this.
Every president should greet our war dead coming home from every war of choice. I'm convinced that there would be less wars of choice if every president was expected to do this.
Now, let's see if this was a one time photo op (to lay the groundwork for his upcoming Afghanistan troop decision), or a new practice.