Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an email commenting on the Marines' video, and has given us permission to publish it.
“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.
“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
“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.”
As an aside: I don't know about y'all, but I don't believe in coincidences. One media report earlier this week indicated that peace talks were getting started with the Taliban, and a couple of days later, we have a video of Marines pissing on Taliban corpses. We have two factions in the fed.gov with differing opinions on how to proceed with Afghanistan, or the administration has a change of heart on the negotiations with the Taliban, and undermines it with the video. Interesting either way.
Getting back to the topic:
If anyone saw "The Pacific" on HBO, you would have seen depictions of our guys using Ka-Bars to dig out gold teeth on still living Japanese, and one character, Snafu, tossing pebbles into the open braincase of a Japanese soldier with the top half of his head missing.
Here is (native Alabaman and great grandson of a Confederate Surgeon in the Army of Tennessee) the actual Eugene Sledge speaking at the Mises Institute in Auburn, AL about his experiences in the Pacific at Peleliu and Okinawa in 1994: