As GySgt Charles F. Wolf Jr. once said, “To observe a Marine, is inspirational. To be a Marine, is exceptional.” But for four Marines, this quote may not apply as their recent actions were not seen as inspirational and their status as an exceptional Marine now in question.
In this video that appeared across the Internet on January 11, the four Marines are seen urinating on what appears to be the corpses of three Taliban soldiers.
Shortly after the video was released, Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned it and described it as “completely inhumane,” according to an Associated Press article.
Marine Corps spokesman, Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, in the AP article said, “Allegations of Marines not doing the right thing in regard to dead Taliban insurgents are very serious and, if proven, represent a failure to adhere to the high standards expected of American military personnel.”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a statement, according to Reuters, Thursday said, “I have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable.”
Panetta added he has commanded the Marine Corps and the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan to investigate the authenticity of the incident.
The videos surface came at a time when President Barack Obama is working to mend peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban forces, the affect on those negotiations from this video is uncertain at the moment.