Our troops mugged for the camera – with body parts of Afghans

Here we are, again, and I am horrified, ashamed, embarrassed for my country. Our enemies won’t blame war-weary American soldiers. They’ll blame us – you and me.

The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at the police station in Afghanistan’s Zabol province in February 2010. They inspected the body parts. Then the mission turned macabre: The paratroopers posed for photos next to Afghan police, grinning while some held — and others squatted beside — the corpse’s severed legs.

A few months later, the same platoon was dispatched to investigate the remains of three insurgents who Afghan police said had accidentally blown themselves up. After obtaining a few fingerprints, they posed next to the remains, again grinning and mugging for photographs.

Every one of these ghoulish acts committed by American troops are committed in our name.

How should they be punished? Dishonorable discharge? Military prison? Or shall they be charged with “providing aid and comfort to the enemy”- and tried for treason? What does a nation do to these men? How do we stop it?

I haven’t posted the duration lately; now seems appropriate.  Today is the 171st day of the eleventh year of our war in Afghanistan.

LET ME ADD: In a comment below, JR reminds me of how damanged some of these troops are. He is right; I should have included that. Some are sent back two, three, four times . . . if their humanity freys at the edges, that’s on us too.

17 responses to “Our troops mugged for the camera – with body parts of Afghans

  1. How do we stop it? We get the hell out of there! How much blood, guts, and gore do our troops need to see…how many of their buddies splattered across the countryside do they need to see…how many bloody limbs do they have to pick up before they say, “Fuck! it! It don’t mean nothing.”

    Because, after awhile it really “don’t mean nothing.”

    What do we do about these soldiers? We bring them home and get them into rehab, and hope to hell we can bring them back from the hell we put them through. That’s what we do!

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  2. This article sums it up pretty well. This quoted part really hits the nail on the head.

    The foreign troops increasingly keep to fortified bases, sallying out to take reprisals and show the flag. The notion that 20-year old soldiers from the bottom of western society can win hearts and minds of Afghan tribesmen is one of the most ludicrous myths of our times.

    http://ericmargolis.com/2012/03/all-colonial-wars-are-alike/

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  3. I am not excusing these stupid kids. Unfortunately they are not the brightest or the best. What I want to know is why were they out there without a senior officer in charge.Where was the command.

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  4. I agree with JR. Get our guys/gals back and “fix” them.
    The other clowns with comments like “bottom of western society” and “not the brightest or the best” can bite me. These young men and women have been betrayed by our “illustrious” leaders in the first place by sending them off to fight a war that we shouldn’t be involved with. Committment is a two way street, or should be with our troops … theirs is to obey orders … our leader’s to them is to never send them into harms way unless it is absolutely necessary.

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  5. @Cry and Howl

    You do realize what is meant by the bottom of western society, dont you?
    Try reading the article it may give you a slightly different take and you may not have to cry and howl at someone else’s opinion.

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    • I see and understand what I read Titfortat, and I see that either you think the troops are the bottom of western society or the U.S. is …
      why don’t you enlighten us?

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      • Bottom is referring to the fact that the majority of troops(the ones doing the actual fighting) come from the lower end of the economic scale. Most are the disenfranchised of our populations. Very few of the actual troops that will have direct contact with the so called enemy have any real say on what goes on. It is not a slight or slur, it is the reality that is not lost on the leaders of the tribes of Afghanistan. I realize that is probably not any enlightenment for you. Im pretty sure you are completely aware of that, right? I also realise your reference about clowns was because I made some kind of funny. 😉

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        • Oh I see! Wow! jeez! My bad 😦 … I really had no idea that the ‘bottom of western society’ is … ” the majority of troops(the ones doing the actual fighting) come from the lower end of the economic scale.” and that, “Most are the disenfranchised of our populations.” and, “Very few of the actual troops that will have direct contact with the so called enemy have any real say on what goes on.”
          Man, you’re really smart, and I hope some day to be as smart as you. 😉

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  6. ‘War is Hell……’

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  7. Not something you see in a commercial to sign up……..

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    • Actually james, I”m not seeing those commercials much these days . . . dont know if it’s cuz of fast forward or cuz they’re not running them. (but they do run them at the movies, so maybe that’s evven more effective)

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  8. They ARE out there….
    The pictures ARE terrible..
    The whole thing IS terrible….
    And it will continue…..

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  9. Unfortunately….
    War IS natural…
    Man is an aggressive animal….

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  10. Also: cannon fodder.

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