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Pissing on the Enemy

January 12th, 2012 - 6:42 pm

To the media pack, the “pissing story” was a welcome present, because they can unleash their full primal scream of righteous indignation against the Marines, whom they resent because the Marines are so very good at what they do.  DIGRESSION:  As an institution, the military, at least temporarily, is the best we’ve got, and the Marines are the best of the lot, both because they’re relatively small, and because they are well led.

BACK TO THE SERMON:  The bottom line is that the media pack is herding our officials into a politically correct apology frenzy, and you can be sure that the Marines have been told to move very fast so that public sacrifices can be staged.

It’s pretty shameful, and I doubt the public views this spectacle with great enthusiasm. I wonder what a Rasmussen poll would yield if the American people were asked if they think the behavior of the pissing Marines was akin to a major war crime.  And do they think the Marines should be sent to Guantanamo?

It used to be that our military leaders felt free to piss on our enemies with great abandon.  Or at least on their frontiers.  Here, for example, is a video of General George Patton happily pissing into the Rhine River en route to Hitler’s Berlin.  Nobody demanded HIS head for this shameful act.

But then, Patton was all about winning, and the media of that long forgotten time felt the same way — as the video proves — and thought it was just great for an American soldier to show his contempt for our enemies in a very traditional way.

I don’t think you’ll find many favorable references to that in the New York Times or the Washington Post in the near future.  After all, this war’s all about leaving the battlefield, not about defeating enemies.

If I were advising the secretaries of state and defense I’d say:

1.  Treat it as a routine matter.  “Boys will be boys.  Especially in war.  Stuff happens.  We enforce our rules.”

2.  Don’t pass judgment, even hypothetically.  Just say, it’s been referred to the investigators.  When we find out what happened, we’ll get back to you.

3.  If Karzai delivers more moral lectures, have the president of the United States give a speech about Afghan sexual culture, including the treatment of young boys by older men, and the treatment of women by all Afghan men.  And then suggest, ever so sweetly, that Karzai is not really in a strong position to lecture us.

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