While Pentagon briefings are always exercises in evasion and propaganda, they rarely shock me anymore. But hearing Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell’s response to the news yesterday that twelve US soldiers now face charges of killing Afghan civilians for fun got to me.
I don’t believe the allegations here against these few individuals are representative of the behavior or the attitudes of the entire force. That said, it clearly—even if these allegations are proved to be untrue—is unhelpful. It does not help the—you know, the perceptions of our forces around the world. And so, the sad part about this is, even if these individuals are vindicated, even if they’re not true, the damage will have been done.
The “sad part” about murdering innocent civilians and collecting their fingers as trophies is how it will negatively affect “the perception of our forces around the world?” Really?
It’s not the fact that our troops are killing innocent people for sport and the pain and suffering that their families and friends inevitably now feel? It doesn’t get a lot more disgusting than that.