The image below is from the March 19 Reader's Express, a Washington Post publication aimed at transit riders (h/t to Greenwald for the image):Can you imagine the insane furor - at least and especially from the Right - if Saudis or Iraqis were quoted as saying "Well, bin Laden was just stressed from too much Koran study..." or "Well, in wartime, you have to excuse his captors cutting Dan Pearl's head off..."
I'm sure that this SSG probably was stressed, and probably did go violently nuts because of some fucked up thing.
And, again, in the Great Geopolitical Game we're supposed to be playing in the Paimirs, that means two things; jack and shit.
If counterinsurgency/rebellion suppression depends on the "strategic corporal", it depends even more on the quick, public trial and death of the strategic staff sergeant - even if it's the wrong staff sergeant.
Because if you're really serious about "winning", the important thing is that the village remains quiet.
We still don't seem to fucking understand that. And that is unimportant for 98% of the United States, which has no fucking skin in this Great Game and never did.
But for me, it is important, because it means that more of my Army brothers will die, or return home without arms, or legs, or functioning brains.
And that is a keening and a grief to me, regardless of what most of my country seems to think.
Assuming it even fucking does.