January 17, 2012

Expect the Best from U.S. Troops

Kurt Sanger, Chicago Tribune

AP Photo

The video showing Marines urinating on dead enemy bodies in Afghanistan has refocused America's attention on the behavior of service members. We have been painfully aware of the strategic implications of this kind of action since we saw the photos from Abu Ghraib. How could something like this happen now? Something is broken.

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U.S. Must Make Up Its Mind on Afghanistan
Anthony Cordesman, WaPo
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