Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs or Staff is appalled at even the "suggestion that someone in an American uniform would behave in such a way"... speaking of course, of the pictures of American soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners.

C'mon Admiral, are you joking?

There have been plenty of bad apples in the military over the years. Soldiers have been accused of rape, murder, robbery and drug trafficking. Do you think the military is comprised only of people who always play by the rules?

You can be - and should be - disappointed that soldiers acted in such a way. But surprised? No way. In any organization as large as the military, and even in organizations where the employees aren't subjected to anywhere near the same stress as are our soldiers, there are going to be bad apples who do bad things. It would be a surprise - pleasant to be sure - if there weren't.

And what is with the 'appalled at even the suggestion'? You do realize that there are plenty of people who don't think very highly of the military, surely it should come as no surprise that there are people who very much would make suggestions along those lines. Heck, Murtha even accused (which, by the way, is stronger than a mere suggestion) that people in the military were guilty of cold-blooded murder.

You want to be appalled? Be appalled at those who disobeyed orders and made things a lot tougher for everyone else over there. But not at the suggestion that there are some in the military who don't behave the way you'd like them to. That's naive.