As if the military needed it, another gory photo showing US Marines posing proudly beside dead Afghans has surfaced. This one is even nastier than most:
(NYTimes) — Photographs apparently showing United States soldiers posing with body parts of a dead insurgent drew strong condemnation on Wednesday from American officials including Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and the commander of international forces in Afghanistan.The Los Angeles Times published on the front page of its early editions a photograph of what it described as a soldier from the Army’s 82nd Airborne with a dead insurgent’s hand on his shoulder. It said it was one of 18 photographs of soldiers posing with the corpses of insurgent fighters …
I know this will draw criticism here, but I understand. These guys are trying to kill Marines, and Marines are trained to be bloodthirsty killers in return. Not saying it’s justified, or that action shouldn’t be taken. At this point any units dumb enough to get caught doing this shit deserves the book thrown at them if, for no other reason, it endangers their fellow soldiers.
But the mission in Afghanistan is long over, it’s time to leave, perhaps even speed up our handover. The only reason we’re still there is because of mission creep in theatre and political maneuvering here at home. It really is time to end this, if the Afghanis want freedom or theocracy or whatever, that’s something they’re going to have to decide amongst themselves.