Friday, January 13, 2012

Urinating Marines Piss Off US Officials

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was on the phone to Afghan President Karzai apologizing for the videotaped “utterly deplorable” act of four US Marines before the video had even been authenticated.

Karzai had already said the videoed event was “completely inhumane and condemnable in the strongest possible terms” and advised the U.S. military to “apply the most severe punishment to anyone found guilty in this crime” before Panetta had called him.

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, expressed “total dismay” over the recorded behavior, saying the “vast, vast” majority of American military personnel would not engage in such actions.

In a statement, the Marine Corps said, "While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our corps," adding that a full investigation will be conducted.

The Taliban, the purported victimized group declared the video "shameful" and "not a human action," according to BBC News. Zabihullah Mujahid, Talib mouthpiece, told Reuters, "This is not a political process, so the video will not harm our talks and prisoner exchange because they are at the preliminary stage." On Thursday, Talib officials told The Associated Press, the goal of "peace and stability" in Afghanistan has not been derailed and they have increased their "political efforts to come to mutual understanding with the world in order to solve the current ongoing situation."

That's all very well and good - America is overboard on apologies and the Taliban is all fugettaboutit. But what really happened in the 1:25 recording that all the news outlets say is "less than a minute?" As they say, let's go to the videotape. In this case, the full, uncensored videotape.

Now that we've seen what we were supposed to see, what didn't we see? Well, we didn't see penises, we didn't see urine streams, we didn't see splashing, we didn't see dust kicked up by liquid hitting dry dirt, we didn't see the last drop shake, we didn't see difficulty in extricating penises from buttoned fly pants with gloved hands while holding weapons; we didn't see any of the normal actions of men taking a leak. There is a near universal behavior of boys and men when urinating and none of that happened here. And, I don't think it's remotely possible that any man would expose himself to global ridicule with dicks so small they cannot even be seen on the recording, especially US Marines.

Quite frankly, I don't think these guys even unbuttoned their pants, nevermind pissed on anyone or anything. They were faking the act, which is dumb enough to be discipline worthy as symbolic disrespect, but nothing actually was peed on.