Why are we still in ‘Vietghanistan?’ – CNN.com

Posted by Trish Riley, May 16, 2012

Scott Camil pictured in a cemetery in Dai Loc, Vietnam in 1967

(CNN) — As a veteran of combat in Vietnam, I am often asked about current wars. Recently I have been asked about soldiers posing with corpses or urinating on corpses in Afghanistan…
When I see these pictures, I am not shocked…Such pictures are part of our warrior culture…

Look at the famous photos from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The U.S. soldiers aren’t looking over their shoulders. None of them appears worried about being caught doing something wrong. They all look comfortable, often smiling for the camera. This tells me that the behavior captured in the photographs was S.O.P. (standard operating procedure).

What I find most disconcerting is all this attention to what is done to these dead bodies and absolutely no question or curiosity about why they are dead in the first place. No questions about why U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan at all.

via Why are we still in ‘Vietghanistan?’ – CNN.com.