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Army 82nd Airborne Pose with Afghan Bomber Body Parts

U.S. troops posed with body parts of Afghan bombers

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.

via the Los Angeles Times

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.

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13 Responses to Army 82nd Airborne Pose with Afghan Bomber Body Parts

  1. Joyce Arnold April 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Bringing democracy to Afghanistan …

    • Cujo359 April 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      … one mangled corpse at a time.

      BTW, we’ll be spending $88.5 billion next FY to continue that important effort. That’s four and a half times NASA’s budget, or just about all the infrastructure spending we could possibly do at once.

  2. Cujo359 April 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Something’s gone terribly wrong in our military industrial complex, which is not news,

    I think the problems with the MIC are just part and parcel of the larger problems we have as a country these days. If something scares us now, we want to blow it up. So we spend money on education, rather than educating the kids who will be using those weapons, and keeping them healthy.

    A country whose priorities are this out of whack won’t survive for long.

    • Cujo359 April 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Sigh. “spend money on weapons

      I miss the editing feature. At least we have blockquotes again.

      • spincitysd April 19, 2012 at 12:14 am #

        Yes, it’s a bummer not to be able to fine tune one’s posts; especially when your madly typing away and letting the thoughts flow. Spell check only gets you so far eh? :???:

  3. Solo April 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    That situation just keeps getting worse.

  4. secularhumanizinevoluter April 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Anyone remember the horror and outrage when the Iraqis killed and displayed the bodies of some Contractor/mercenaries?

  5. Lake Lady April 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    An all volunteer Army is not good for Democracy.

  6. fairmindedindependent April 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    I am worried about womens rights and what would happen if we left, but this cannot continue, we need to exit Afganistan, it started under Bush and it continues under Obama. Its time to withdraw, I mean look at what happened to the Soviet Union when they invaded, and to think we didn’t learn anything from it and this country repeated it. This is a embarrassment and sad, I wonder what else is going to come out, first the Secert Service and now this.

  7. secularhumanizinevoluter April 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    What folks don’t seem to understand and are ignorant of or to lazy to do just a little digging is that the United States Military personnel have done things like this since there was a United States military.
    Scalping, taking of body parts as souvenirs, decorating vehicles with heads and skulls of dead enemy soldiers…all this and more has been done. Fer Jeebus Crispies sakes we are talking about WAR here folks…this is what warriors do to the dead enemy…always have, always will. You want it to stop? STOP THE FRACKING WAR.

    • April 19, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Great point, Sec.

      This has always happened. Not just the US military, but military throughout the ages. How can anyone expect any different really? You train these men and women to be killers and barbarians, then expect them to be docile kittens the next second???? War is ugly.

      To beat the enemy, you must think like the enemy.

      Stop the fracking war.

  8. fangio April 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    ” It’s just a few bad apples. “

  9. spincitysd April 19, 2012 at 2:18 am #


    Some one tell me how this is not Vietnam all over again? As it becomes ever more clear how lost the cause is in Afghanistan, the moral of our trigger-pullers just keeps getting worse. This s what ten years of pointless blundering around in the “Graveyard of Empires” get you dear readers.

    We lost the thread at Tora Bora, and that is assuming that their was a thread to begin with even then.

    There is still no substitute for boots on the ground, and the numbers for a real incursion in Iraq and Afghanistan would have halted our enthusiasms for both dead in their tracks in 2001. Yes, we were lied to, but we let ourselves be lied to. We let a dirty, rotten, incompetent scoundrel lead us into a war of choice with far too few men/women and resources.

    War on the cheep is an oxymoron people. It was always at least 500,000 troopers for Iraq and a million troopers for Afghanistan. But if the true number of 1.5 million troops for 10 years was actually put out by the Shrub, what were the chances we have ever been in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Even with the smoldering wreck of the Manhattan’s Twin Towers still in view, would the US public agree to restarting the Draft? No wonder Bush Jr. said “go shopping.”

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