An American soldier says he released the photos to the Los Angeles Times to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline. The Army has started a criminal investigation.
We have a breakdown and it started some time ago.
George W. Bush was in charge when the worst military scandal since the Vietnam My Lai Massacre happened at Abu Ghraib. That his Administration was responsible for war crimes under the Geneva Conventions will never be proven, but that they occurred few of us doubt. It was under Bush that our military standards for recruitment had to be lowered, because the multiple tours were destroying our military.
Gen. Stanley McChyrstal and his elite staff were humiliated through hubris in a Rolling Stone interview that got one of the most talented military men in modern history deservedly sacked.
The Secret Service gets caught with prostitutes because they wanted a 2-for-1 deal and were too cheap to pay the girls their rate.
Something’s gone terribly wrong in our military industrial complex, which is not news, but it has become so wide, deep and secretive that control is no longer an option.