Various Obama administration officials, Afghans and NATO have condemned a group of U.S. Marines for urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban fighters after video surfaced of the incident this week. While Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the act was “deplorable,” the Atlantic’s Steve Clemons wondered yesterday “how long it will take for a movement to grow inside the United States that embraces the soldiers.” The answer? Not too long. And the movement is growing. CNN’s Dana Loesch said today that she would “drop trou and do it too.”
“Give me a break,” the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol complained earlier today about the Obama administration’s condemnation of the incident. Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said the soldiers should be punished, but said people should “shut up” about it:
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.
Yes, according to West, only if you literally fight for freedom of speech will you be allowed to exercise that right.
And as for Kristol. He accused the Obama administration and even the Republican candidates for president of not sufficiently saying enough good things about U.S. troops. Of course, it is the ever-so-eager-to-support-sending-troops-to-needless-wars Bill Kristol who is the arbiter of who does and does not love the troops.
Richard Allen Smith at Vet Voice comments on West’s remarks: “The day anyone should listen to Allen West about how service members should be punished for the things shown in that video is the day we should start taking pet care advice from Michael Vick.”