Thanks to LC Gunsniper.
“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?
At this point one might think that LTC West’s position is the same as our initial response “Hell Yeah, way to go, cocksuckers deserved it!” and nothing more. Not so:
“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.
“Without a teleprompter.” You have to love a guy who can insert a devastating snipe into any discussion on any subject whatsoever, BWHAHAHAHAHA!
It all sums up to “was it wrong? Yes. Should everybody get their knickers in a wad as if this little incident was a combination of My Lai, Malmedy, Auschwitz and the Rape of Nanking all rolled into one as some pundits have been hyperventilating? No. It was wrong, the guilty should be properly and appropriately punished and, oh by the way:
“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”
I wouldn’t go quite that far, everybody is certainly entitled to their opinion whether they’ve been in The Suck or not (although the latter group does have a perspective that the former can never have), it’s just that in some quarters it has gone from disapproval to F-5 hysteria. But I get the sentiment.