By now, everyone is familiar with the scenes of U.S. Marines allegedly urinating on the bodies of dead terrorists in Afghanistan. And if you’ve read the news on this at all, you’re also aware that Senator John McCain was first in line to criticize our boys in a way that he never criticizes the terrorists who like to capture our Soldiers and Marines and literally dismember their bodies or kill them then drag their dead bodies through the streets of town.
Remember, this is the same McCain who called Donald Rumsfeld one the worst Secretaries of Defense in history because Rumsfeld supported “enhanced interrogation techniques” and actually believed terrorists should be treated as such. It’s the same McCain sponsored through the anti-torture amendment in 2005, the signature goal of which was to keep our CIA operatives and military personnel from water-boarding captured terrorists to get intelligence out of them the way we did with KSM.
And the list goes on, and on, and on.
And it’s indicative of why we have problems winning wars as of late. Because no matter how hard our boys fight on the ground, our “leaders” are stepping over themselves to publicly condemn the slightest error a Soldier, Marine, Airman, Navy or Coast Guard member might make.
No one thinks we ought to urinate on these dead terrorists, and I don’t believe the fact that General Patton urinated on our enemy was part of the approved war plan either. However, sane people don’t agree with grandstanding on such matters to curry favor with the enemy. Nevertheless, McCain has called for a full investigation into this “handful of obviously undisciplined people,” and pointed out how this whole thing “makes him so sad.”
You know what makes me sad? This kind of over-the-top, shoot-from-the-hip reaction exemplified by McCain, that serves our enemy so well that McCain’s words are actually woven into a USA Today story along with words from a Taliban spokesman.
That’s right, a Taliban spokesman who said, “We strongly condemn this inhumane action by the wild American soldiers.” See how it works? Now the people who love to behead infidels are calling our troops wild Americans.
I much prefer Rep. Allen West’s approach to this mess:
I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.
All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.
As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.