There are those who simply cannot avoid rushing in front of a camera, expressing their outrage at the behavior of the Marines in this video that surfaced, showing graphic footage of four Marines in Afghanistan urinating on the corpses of three dead Taliban fighters. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called the incident “deplorable” and “inappropriate,” but I think the administration’s outrage is inappropriate. These Marines, when captured, are subjected to far worse at the hands of the Taliban fighters, and frankly, it’s time to stop being a bunch of whiners about this. War is Hell, and while we shouldn’t encourage this, it is a natural result of the stresses of combat, but some of us clearly need to harden up.
Was it dignified? No. But to entertain the complaints of people like Afghan President Hamid Karzai as though his chief concerns about the inhumane nature of this act is in any way relevant is a sham. The Department of Defense is investigating, and it is now being reported that the Marines have been identified as part of an ongoing Marine Corps investigation. You can view the video below, but as the still frame indicates, it is graphic:
I cannot believe Senator John McCain came before cameras today to condemn this. As those of you who follow this blog will know, I’m not given to fits of profanity and I don’t generally resort to such things, but to the senior Senator from Arizona, Campaign Suspender and Self-Saboteur of 2008, RINO-endorser, and perpetual Republican thorn in the side, let me say this: STFU! And Senator, if you don’t know what this means, ask your delightful daughter who regaled the MSNBC studio with an odd statement about an “emoticon of privacy.” I’m sure she can tell you. As an unrelated sidebar, for those who don’t understand, watch Mehgan McCain’s brilliance. Apparently, like father, like daughter in this case:
Meanwhile, I have only one remaining question: How is Obama going to handle this? When he issues a statement, will he say that the Marine “Corpse” is investigating?
If you want to know why we’re losing in Afghanistan, you need only consider that we’re more interested in prosecuting Marines who used poor judgment in directing their streams of urine than we are in prosecuting our war. If this is to be considered some sort of “atrocity,” then I think we all need to consider who’s really taking the piss, and at whose expense.