(CNN) - The military is investigating a "shocking and deplorable" YouTube video that seems to show a Marine throwing a puppy off a rocky cliff.I saw the video in question and thought it looked staged. It's very likely the marines stumbled across a dead puppy and thought it would be funny to make a video of one of them tossing it over a cliff. Real or not, it's still pretty sick.
The black-and-white puppy makes a yelping sound as it flies through the air.
"That's mean, that was mean," one companion says off-camera, addressing the alleged puppy thrower by his last name. The fate of the animal is not known.
The Marine is identified on the video and in other Internet postings as a lance corporal stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.
But what's even more disturbing is the fact that everyone seems to be reacting to this story as if it's the most shocking thing they've seen since the war began. In our twisted American worldview, a cute puppy is worth more than 10 or even 10,000 Iraqis. You can bet this fiasco will see more press coverage than the Haditha massacre.