Troubling is one word that comes instantly to mind when considering recent reports that suggested an initiative to determine the whereabouts of missing American servicemen and woman is in near complete disarray.
The Associated Press conducted what is being called an exhaustive investigation into the military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and found it to be "woefully inept and even corrupt."
The program's many weaknesses and shortcomings were initially detailed in a report commissioned by the Pentagon itself, a document that top military commanders attempted to suppress.
The AP inquiry was based, in part, on that internal Pentagon report.
Members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and, indeed, the American people have every right to be troubled, indeed, outraged, by what's come out.
The black and white POW/MIA banner is often flown just below the American flag.
It serves as a constant reminder of the sacrifices our servicemen and women make for all of us on a daily basis.
Many thousands of them remain unaccounted for from the many wars the nation has been involved with.
They deserve our very best, not some shoddily-run initiative.