Via the Jawa Report:
From NY Daily News:
The Pentagon identified two of the four Marines shown urinating on dead Taliban terrorists in the explosive Internet video that inflamed U.S. tensions with the Muslim world.
The four Marines — a sniper team with the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina — did not hide their faces in the video, which appeared to be shot by a fifth Marine.
The rest of the NY Daily news story is full of hand-wringing and whimpering.
The desecration of Taliban corpses by wisecracking Marines drew angry condemnation from diplomats and politicians of every stripe Thursday — none more vehement than from those who had served.
As someone who served, it’s stupid that they did it, stupid that they filmed it, and stupid that the snitch Marine put it on online – when he could’ve taken it to his BC, or even straight to the CG. They would’ve dealt with it. Instead, he releases it online. He did what enemy propagandists wish they could manage to pull off. He’s created a firestorm centered on the Marines, and given a propaganda tool to the murderers in the Taliban.
As the Jawa Report notes here:
Taliban Condemns Marine Pi$$ing Video As Inhumane
I think when people like Defense Secretary Leon Panetta publicly condemn our own Troops, accused of minor, distasteful offenses, and at the same time quietly distance themselves from condemning, for fear of offending someone, true atrocities being committed by our enemy, it really borders on treason.
As commenter Storm Saxon at the Jawa Report says:
We should drag the corpses through the street and beat them with sticks like muzzlums do?
We should cut off some limbs and hang them from a bridge like muzzlums do?
We should chop ‘em up a bit?
Hang them in trees?
“This actually hurts me. This is painful,” Rep. Michael Grimm (R-S.I), a former Marine, said while gripping a copy of The News’ “SHOCKING” front page of the vile act.
“There’s no excuse for this ever happening. They were trained, and they know better, and they disgraced their country,” Grimm told the Daily News Editorial Board.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a Navy veteran held prisoner during the Vietnam War, told CBS the rogue Marines may do “great damage” to America’s image around the globe.
Secretary of State Clinton expressed her “total dismay” as she scrambled to ensure fledgling withdrawal negotiations with Afghanistan would stay on track.
So, you’ve got a group of young men tasked to fight on the other side of the globe, away from their family, friends and civilization for months and even years at a time. These are sometimes 19 year old kids on their second and third deployments. They’re in a mean, nasty, dark place full of people who want to murder them, behead them, string them up like butchered sheep and put those videos – which the public never sees – on their terrorist recruiting websites. A few of them act like puerile idiots and people cry about what the Taliban will think?
Maybe if the terrorist attacks of the Taliban and their allies made the front page, we’d have some sense of perspective.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Taliban vowed not to exploit the issue. “The video will not harm our talks,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
Unsurprisingly Taliban spokesman Dirka Mohammed al-Jihad had this to say: “You’re retreating. Cry about how evil you are. We take the long view of this. If the Americans will cry and shame themselves for some of their own men’s actions, we will let them self-flagellate and destroy their own will to win. Americans have no spine. They are cowardly, stupid, and rely on image so much that they will implode. We can saw their heads off with rusty knives while they wheeze and pant their dying breaths through severed throats and post it online, and their own media will never show it to their people. They have useful idiots in their home country that will declare defeat, that will declare their surges have failed, that will run for election claiming victory in defeat, and they will lose the war without us firing another shot or beheading another child. All we have to do is stand by and let them kill themselves. Allahu Akbar!”
Colonel Kurtz had this to say:
We train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won’t allow them to write “fuck” on their airplanes because it’s obscene!