In March 2003, the Pentagon announced a ban on photographs of coffins of slain American soldiers as they are returned to this country at Dover AFB. On June 21, 2004, the Republican led Senate defeated an attempt to allow such coverage. On November 11, 2004, the Pentagon announced restrictions that kept reporters at least 50 yards from any funeral. In the past, they have been allowed at the rear of them. This is not about privacy but about hiding the realities of war.
Although an accepted practice of previous Presidents and with Arlington National Cemetery only a few miles from the White House, Bush has not attended a single funeral for any serviceperson killed in his wars. His stated rationale? "Because which funeral do you go to? In my judgment, I think if I go to one I should go to all. How do you honor one person but not another?" Bush’s answer is apparently as Commander in Chief to honor none of them.