The General Services Administration has been in some trouble lately. The reason: At a conference, the GSA hired a clown as entertainment.
Then there’s the latest trouble in the U.S. military. The reason for that scandal: Soldiers from the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division took body parts of their enemies and posed with them as trophies as a kind of war pornography. Soldiers justified their actions as a celebration.
Which is the bigger scandal?
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta seems to think that the really big scandal about the war dead trophy photographs was that the American people were allowed by the Los Angeles Times to see the photographs. Panetta complained that the photographs might trigger violence, and tried to squelch the LA Times article containing the pictures.
Maybe, instead of trying to control the American press with censorship, Leon Panetta ought to work on controlling the soldiers under his authority. This is just the latest in a long series of photographs and videos of American soldiers playing games with human corpses. If the U.S. military cannot be restrained from engaging in gruesome acts with people’s dead bodies, it’s time for the military to be taken off its violent playgrounds overseas.
Members of Congress in Washington D.C. are busy shouting that heads must roll at the GSA, but it looks like over in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, heads are already rolling… literally. I would prefer to see the U.S. government pay for clowns to perform silly shows on stage than to see the U.S. military pay for soldiers to keep clowning around with human body parts.