Now, I do not know the exact nature of Catherine Baker Knoll’s comments, and I will allow for the very real possibility that they were misconstrued or misinterpreted either by family members at a moment of extreme stress, or by political opponents. However, that possibility wouldn’t have been possible had she not been present at a function typically reserved for friends and family members of the deceased.
If she wished to show sympathy, she should have sent flowers, or a card, or even a covered dish. But her presence at the funeral was obviously a disruptive event, and a political liability for her and the administration she serves.
THis should be kept in mind by the vocal folks who argue in threads here that Bush or other politicians should attend military funerals. Catherine Baker Knoll proves that politicians should not, unless they know the servicemember involved or are invited. They should show their sympathy in more appropriate ways.