The sad thing is that the chicken hawks would still have us believe that these incidents were no worse than a fraternity hazing. Sure, they'll admit that the individual soldiers involved should be punished, but they really see nothing wrong with the behavior. If sacrificing a few pawns in fatigues is what's needed to win the game, then that's the strategy they'll take. (My suspicion is that there are some "patriotic" sickos who actually get a twisted pleasure from seeing pictures like this.)
My question is this: If we have to resort to these tacticsi.e., if we have to become like the terroristsin order to win, then what makes us different from those we're trying to fight? No one seems to have the answer. Most Americans would rather just say, "God bless our brave and wonderful troops!" and move on with their lives, safe behind their impenetrable shield of ignorance.