“I am a former Marine sergeant. When the need arises and our young men and women are called to defend our nation, defend our honor or annihilate a threat, we send in our most capable force, the United States Marines. We call on these brave souls to send a signal to the rest of the world that our country will not only fight for what’s right, but will carry out our duty without hesitation or fear for one’s own self-preservation. And if you should crash planes into our buildings, blow up our embassies, bomb our ships, or behead our journalists, know this.
Is it wrong to urinate on the corpse of an enemy? Some might answer “yes,” but we are capable of far worse, and such an act could be considered great restraint considering what some could be feeling. It is difficult to understand for those persons who have never buried their young son, brother, husband, father, comrade or friend who volunteered to live in the cross-hairs of his enemy. An enemy who would see far worse and more repulsive acts, not in the name of liberty or democracy, but in the name of a god or an envy of what the citizens of our great country know to be right.
Politicians, journalists and others may scrutinize them for what they consider appalling, but given a choice of who they would want in a foxhole, the answer would most likely be a United States Marine.”
KGBWO on Jan 16, 2012 at 15:09:31
“Finally, understand these servicemen are not the Peace corps, they are not there to keep peace. They are warriors. They do not 'turn the other cheek', choose to be martyrs, or preach humility. This is not a missionary mission to win the hearts and minds of the Taliban. They are valuable top-notch snipers, they will 'take you out', they will do the dirty work for the USA and never brag about it. You may not believe or know what the USA commands people like these to do, and usually it does not get publicity. Whether you agree with these acts or not, you have no right to judge these sons for doing their duty and then relieving themselves. Get off your high horse and look away. I only pray that these young men don't end up another suicide statistic, or with a dishonorable discharge, any prison term or suffering for this.”
frant100 on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:05:21
“Hey Sarge, Former Cpl here. We both know what these men felt, endured, and needed to relieve the pressure of their frustration and hatred for the enemy, and their fears as well, for the enemies killing and wounding their brothers in arms. After killing them, it wasn't enough of a escape. They were still jacked up with adrenaline. A little more was needed. Was it OK to do it. No but it wasn't as if they mutilated the bodies like the enemy has done to our soldiers and Marines and contractors. Do they deserve "Office Hours"? Maybe but not anything even close to brig time or discharge. These may very well be very good Marines who did a stupid act and don't need anyone going ballistic over it. Marines do worse than this every Friday night in J-Ville. The message to the Taliban is-- if you don't want to get pissed on, don't try to kill Marines.”
o5419069 on Jan 15, 2012 at 22:51:12
“I think I saw this movie. I think that Tom Cruise was in it.”
moroccantreasures on Jan 15, 2012 at 19:22:12
“Its just like being in school, you have people you want your kids to associate with and those you don't. People that are good examples and those that are bad examples. I am sure its hard to escape a group that has to many as bad examples but being a bad example is never a good trait regardless how you got there. It only takes one person to stand up for what is right, a good leader to lead those that try to set a bad example. One of those Marines was a bad example and the other mindless sheep. Anyone can be a leader and not take crap, its just adult bullying and insecurity of some which leads them to be sheep and make bad life choices. I would gather its hard if not impossible to get out of your group that quite possibly had to many bad leaders per say which may lead people that generally make good life choices to follow because of what they might do to them if they dont. I can understand the danger in that. Its still not acceptable in general.”
Brandon Shorter on Jan 15, 2012 at 15:45:03
“I agree that it's important to see this situation from the emotional point of view of a fighting man or woman - I'm glad you could give us this perspective without resorting to partisanism or insults, since so many can't or won't.
But, from a civilian's perspective, it's important to us to hold the people who protect us - be they soldiers or police - to a higher code of standard since they are given more power than us. Anger and rage at your attackers is understandable, but can't condone actions because of it: we live in a country of laws based on reason and morals and the people that protect this country have to act on reason and morals. These marines may not be "bad people", but they made a mistake and they should be held accountable for it. You're right: I want a marine in the foxhole - a disciplined, honorable moral warrior. When you excuse actions like this and allow our enemy to be dehumanized and demonized, you condone dishonorable actions.”