Some Marines are in trouble for peeing on the dead bodies of some Taliban. I guess on some level I wish they hadn’t done that, but my “give a damn” just isn’t too worked about it. My main issue… why WHY did they videotape it? Good Lord that was breathtakingly dumb.
Top U.S. officials moved swiftly Thursday to try to prevent diplomatic damage and contain public disgust from the release of a video that appeared to show Marines urinating on three Afghan corpses — images that spread quickly around the globe.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he had viewed the video and considered it “utterly deplorable.” He telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and pledged a full investigation.
Prior to the call, Karzai described the video as “completely inhumane and condemnable in the strongest possible terms.” His administration called on the U.S. military to “apply the most severe punishment to anyone found guilty in this crime.”
The video, which runs for less than a minute, depicts four Marines in combat gear laughing and joking as they urinate on three male bodies. The caption refers to the corpses as “dead Talibans,” but it is unclear whether the men were civilians or fighters killed after a battle.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed “total dismay” at the behavior depicted in the recording, and said the “vast, vast” majority of American military personnel would not engage in such actions.
I’m not exactly sure how one “desecrates” a piece of shit — much less a dead POS, but whatever. I’m also somewhat amused by Hillary Clinton’s “total dismay”. Apparently it’s OK for some people to pee on live redneck wimmins trailer park trash, but not on dead enemies. Total dismay indeed.
Anyway… as I said… my dudgeon isn’t too high other than at these dolts for the lunacy of making a video record and then putting it on YouTube (or however they shared it) that will besmirch our efforts there and our soldiers, Marines, et al. still over there — that really is the unforgivable part of this whole episode.
Video at the link if you’re that curious.