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Who is pissing on whom: Hypocrisy on the battlefield

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In January 2012, a video surfaced depicting several Marine scout snipers urinating on Taliban corpses. At the time, there was much feigned outrage from the media and others who shall remain nameless. The actual incident occurred on July 27th, 2011 in the Musa Qaleh district of Helmand Province, a Taliban stronghold.

The exceptional scout sniper platoon commander was a Marine Staff Sergeant Joe Chamblin. The exploits of his platoon were astounding, with 223 kills and 100 “maybes.” Their tactics and skills were so brilliant they received a personal visit from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the US Marine Corps.

Interestingly enough, Staff Sergeant Chamblin’s platoon was ordered to collect Taliban bodies, a non-standard procedure for snipers — and hence the incident occurred. Chamblin, who in January 2012 was preparing to deploy again to Afghanistan and about to be promoted to Gunnery Sergeant, plead guilty, was reduced to Sergeant and departed the Marine Corps on October 6th. When he was specifically asked about why he not only allowed the incident to occur, but participated as well, he said:

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I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I would do it again. It wasn’t like we had some random Afghans lying there. They were insurgents, they had weapons and they were trying to kill us. The same guys were making IEDs and trying to kill Marines. If they could get over here, they would cut off the heads of everybody in this room right now. That’s how they are. And you know what? I won that day. They didn’t.

Now, consider the case surrounding a Lebanese terrorist with ties to Hezbollah, Ali Musa Daqduq. Daqduq was the mastermind behind a 2007 terrorist attack in Karbala, Iraq where the enemy donned US military uniforms, kidnapped, ritually tortured and dismembered, then killed five American Soldiers. Daqduq was subsequently captured in a raid operation and held by the US. But the Obama administration decided not to transfer Daqduq to GITMO so as not to violate Iraqi sovereignty, and instead released him to the Iraqis. The Iraqis in turn set him free.

Here’s what I had to say about that:

Do I agree with what the Marines did in Musa Qaleh? No, but had I been in charge, I would have ensured they received a high level letter of reprimand and suspended sentence. I would have then told them to get back to the business of killing Taliban. Furthermore, I would have ensured that Ali Musa Daqduq would never see the light of day again. After all, he was a Lebanese citizen, not an Iraqi.

Staff Sergeant Chamblin went into harms way to lead Marines and kill the enemy. Yes, he urinated on dead Taliban, but should he lose his Marine career as punishment? By allowing Daqduq to ultimately go free, President Barack Obama has truly urinated on the memory of five American Soldiers. What is his punishment?

Hypocrisy on the 21st century battlefield is rampant under this administration.

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