January 12th, 2012
08:25 PM ET

Sebastian Junger on Marine Corps video: 'military must be held to the highest standard; that wasn't it'

Author Sebastian Junger, who's been embedded with American troops in battle, told CNN's Erin Burnett the video of American Marines urinating on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters is more than just a recruiting tool for the country's enemies. "The American military must be held to the highest standard. That wasn't it."

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  1. Jack

    After 30 years in the Marines, I understand what drives young men to behave this way. What I do not understand is why anyone would post that video on the web. Unfortunately, other Marines and soldiers will pay the price for these Marines' immaturity and the absolute stupidity of posting that video on the web.

    January 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  2. Wavedabcer

    Dear Ms. Burnett.....

    I am appalled, as I"m sure most people are, regarding the treatment of the deceased Iraqi bodies....BUT as a mother of a Marine that is preparing to deploy for the SIXTH time Tto the Middle East, twiice to Iraq, once to Somolia, and now for the 3rd time to Afghanistan, all I can say is you, and all news broadcasters should be ashamed of yourselves for broadcasting inflammatory videos. What good has this done??? The answer to that question is NOTHING!!! It just gives more ammunition to the Talaban...Of course it is all "See what American dogs have done to our people.?"..Not mentioning them taking the bodies of Americans and cutting their heads off in front of video cameras on more than one occasion, or taking the bodies of Americans mutilating them, stripping them, and hanging their dead bodies on bridges to rot in the sun where they can be seen by anyone coming by...

    Your story could have/should have said...Four Marines were so upset by the treatment of American soldiers being mistreated after death they took a bit of revenge....Or better yet....KEPT YOUR BIG MOUTHS SHUT!!!

    January 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply

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