Congressman Allen West,  (R-FLA), a Lt. Colonel who retired after twenty-two years in the Army, took note of the hullaballoo in the mainstream media when a video surfaced which purportedly showed United States Marines urinating on the bodies of deceased Taliban combatants.

Hardly respectful.  Not, we would hope, typical Marine behavior. More likely one of those “boys will be boys” things.  The liberal media is aghast and we get the impression the culprits should be drawn-and-quartered or, at least,  jailed for twenty-three years.

Colonel West, I think, is both respectful and sensible.  He has this to say:

In an email to The Weekly Standard, West listed a number of very public instances in which American troops were subjected to torture, executed, or had their bodies desecrated. He went on to say:
“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”