This is all blown out of proportion.
Soldiers and Marines are trained to kill. Such training comes with a great degree of de-sensitization. After all it is easier to kill if you view your enemy as a mere object. Of course, Geneva Laws and such are also taught, which is why our military doesn't walk around with hacked off ears around their necks like wars of old.
Consider the situation here with these "disgraces." These soldiers pose with dead bad guys. Marines in the past pissed on dead bad guys. Are the masses in Afghanistan murdering over the offense? No. They know what their bad guys are. But offend God (their sous) by burning a Qu'ran (it's just a book people) and they will murder over it. My point is that we in the West often confuse our own sensibilities and manners with how thw rest of the world views things. The Geneva convention is a Western invention applied to the rest of the world. Manners in war is a Western convenience (this wasn't always so).
So while taking pictures of dead enemy or posing next to one may be unproffessional, it is hardly a disgrace. Ten years of constant deployment to two seperate countries by men who volunteer upon re-enlistment is going to eventually take its toll. We should be thankful that out of hundreds of thousands of troops on the ground over the years only one has gone on a rampage and slaughtered civilians. There's the disgrace. Gain a perspective.
I always enjoy a light chuckle over the contradictions. Of course, you are correct. It is unethical. Most have trouble taking pictures of dead bodies at all because it is disrespectful. The cotradiction is in the understanding that we may disrespect life by taking it (and calling a legal act of murder because of war), but we'll be damned if we disrespect death by taking photos. The same is true for how we kill. We can send a serrated blade through a man's skin and rip out his organs or pull a trigger and send bits of metal through his heart, but using gas is "unethical" and "immoral. We humans are entirely stupid in how we justify our needs to be barbaric.
Then I pose with body parts. How can you condemn one act and not the other?
How mutilating/killing someone, for legitimate purposes be less offensive than posing in pics with their POS dead body???
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
killing the enemy is often times necessary and a perfectly appropriate & legal act.
posing next to his dismembered body for a photo, isn't.
we ARE the good guys....right?
we are the ones with the correct & proper valus....right?
they hate us for who we are and what we represent....right?
I mean, that was Bush's whole ****ing justification for going to war in the first place.