They published some photos given to them by a disgruntled ex-soldier from the 82nd Airborne that were taken in Afhanistan by American soldiers in combat over two years ago, showing our warriors posing with the corpses and mugging for the camera.
The Army begged the Times not to publish the photos because of the danger it could incite violence against our warriors an dcivilians still in the country, but that wasn't of the least concern to the L.A. Times.
Times Editor Davan Maharaj said, "After careful consideration, we decided that publishing a small but representative selection of the photos would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops."
Careful consideration my behind. They wanted the story and the scoop because it was down with the Agenda, and anything else is secondary.
Condemnations have come, of course, from SecDef Leon Panetta and other members of the Obama Administration as well as from NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Oddly enough, no one had any words of condemnation when President Obama performed his own version of desecrating the dead, using the bodies of dead American servicemen returning to the U.S. for a political photo-op against the wishes of the families and contrary to Department of defense regulations. Remember that one?
On top of all this, the Army is now organizing a criminal investigation against the soldiers in the pictures, obviously to gain political favor with the current administration. I wonder how many of the warriors whom are going to be prosecuted have been decorated for valor under arms?
They had just busted through the Siegfried Line and were en route to settling final accounts with Hitler and his accomplices . Patton urinating in the Rhine sent a message to our enemies.
Tell me..if General Patton was in charge of our war effort, do you think we'd still be fighting a bunch of 7th Century Brigands over a decade after 9/11? What do you think he would have said about the current ridiculous Rules of Engagement our troops have been saddled with in Iraq and Afghanistan?
We are not fighting civilized foes who have any notion of our moral standards.But they understand power. We display weakness and appeasement, constantly.
Real peace comes from victory. A primary reason I never bought President Barack Obama's nonsense about 'the good war' in Afghanistan is because I realized a long time ago that not only wasn't there anything worth winning there, but that our warriors were never intended to win...not under Bush '43 and certainly not under Obama.
This is just another example.
And as far as the warriors of the 82nd AB who are involved go, I think G-d they're on our side. It's a pity they have to constantly watch their sixes for attacks from the rear like this one.