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Wonder where the urinating US Marines get their core values? "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." Yes, General Mattis is a bonehead's bonehead.
From my perspective, the urinating is beyond disrespectful, but it also is a handy deflector from the bigger picture, the real horrors of war. That our troops would not follow the rules of engagement, rules of conduct, shows how far we've fallen, but in the face of war itself, where maiming and killing are the order of the day, it almost seems picayune to spend a lot of time on this issue. Everyone is so aghast, but look at the last ten years alone and every day we should have been standing in horror at what happened and is continuing to happen, every single day! We live in a time when our systems that previously acted with some semblance of a moral code have all broken down.
Yes, it speaks of a wider corruption of decency and basic standards of humanity which the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have exacerbated. The disrespect was there is spades and in even more horrific terms before this incident.