An Iraqi official says that the bodies of Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker, who were kidnapped by a terrorist group last Friday, have been found not far from where the incident occurred. American officials have not yet confirmed the report.
In a sick coda, Menchaca’s uncle, Ken MacKenzie, appeared on the Today show and recited weirdly inapplicable Democratic Party talking points in relation to his own nephew’s death:
“The news is going to be heartbreaking for my family,” Ken MacKenzie, Menchaca’s uncle, told NBC’s “Today” show.
He said the United States should have paid a ransom from money seized from Saddam Hussein.
“I think the U.S. was too slow to react to this. Because the U.S. did not have a plan in place, my nephew has paid with his life.”
“I wish they’d punish the people that do these kinds of things right away, instead of taking forever and spending millions of dollars,” [Menchaca's uncle Mario Vasquez said. "I think, you capture them, make them pay for what they did. Don't think that it's just two more soldiers. Don't negotiate anything. They [the killers] didn’t. They didn’t negotiate it with my nephew. They didn’t negotiate it with Tucker.”
ONE MORE: Two of Menchaca’s cousins appeared on the Larry King show last night. They were asked about MacKenzie’s comments on the Today show:
KING: Gabriela, one of Kristian’s uncles Tim McKenzie was very critical of the United States government this morning. Would you react to that?
GABRIELA GARCIA, COUSIN OF PFC KRISTIAN MENCHACA: He doesn’t speak for Kristian’s family. He’s (INAUDIBLE) ours.
KING: He’s what?
GARCIA: His views are not ours.