I’ve let the Marine urination issue simmer a couple of days. I knew the outcome but wanted to see it unfold before I commented.
What the Marines did was wrong. You should never video yourself urinating. It’s bad form. They should receive a stern talking to.
Now to the reaction. This is why we are failing and will continue to fail. There was no outrage in Afghanistan and in reality there isn’t any now. However while the Marines may have started this our military and civilian leaders have compounded the problem with their over the top apologies and condemnation of a stupid act. The have played into the hands of the enemy by showing them once again our weakness. They the enemy and our so called friends, can perform any number of completely real atrocities yet we will cower before them for a simple show of disrespect. Well earned disrespect I might add.
We continually hold those that are not only entrusted with our national safety but those we ask to kill for us to such an unreasonable standard that is self-defeating. It’s easy to hold such noble ideas when you’re not that ones doing the fighting.
Our weakness is in the fact we show too much respect for those that don’t deserve it. They see us as weak and they are right. At this rate they will win.