Before you criticize someone you should walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you do criticize them you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.
If you're all about acting like an adult, you can link me to the source that says it's illegal to take body parts as war trophies in the DOD regulations. Hell, you can use the Coast Guard regulations, for all I care.
There is this particular quote. I don't think it only applies to souvenirs being sent home:
The phrase "may be retained for personal use" tells me that the order is clearly referring to trophies acquired in-theater, otherwise the fallowing phrase "shipped out of the USCENTCOM AOR" would not be necessary.Absent such express authorization, no weapon, munitions, or military article of equipment obtained or acquired by any means other than official issue may be retained for personal use or shipped out of the USCENTCOM AOR for personal retention.
I'm not sure if I'm right or your wrong, apdst I'm just wondering what u think about this.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
And if it is legal to possess and trade those photos, then why would the military confiscate them from the soldiers and tell them to stop trading them before they knew the victims were murdered???
Is there a regulation in the DOD that explains that?
I'm sure that our members that are Iraq and Afghanistan vets can attest to that.
That's what I think about that.