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Panel: Discharge Marine captain in Camp Lejeune urination case

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QUANTICO, VA (AP) -- A US Marine Corps panel is recommending that an officer be forcibly discharged for failing to supervise a group of snipers who posed for a video while urinating on dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The panel of three colonels issued its ruling Thursday against Capt. James V. Clement after a three-day hearing at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The panel found Clement's performance of duty was substandard. Two lieutenant generals will now review the recommendation and determine whether Clement should be given an honorable discharge.

A YouTube video showing the Marines from Camp Lejeune, urinating on corpses during a July 2011 patrol received international condemnation. Three enlisted Marines previously pleaded guilty at courts martial.

Defense lawyer John M. Dowd maintains Clement is a victim of political correctness at the Pentagon.

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Americans...

We are supposed to be better than this. Fair or not, our soldiers are and should be, held to a higher standard.

Then, why don't you do what it takes to be one?

And go do what were "supposed to do"? IF you can make it through boot camp and IF you have what it takes to go fight for this country, then and only then strap on a full set of camo's, a 50 lb pack, spare ammo and hug your best friend that uses it.

Go ahead, go on, show us all how it's done bigshot! I'll wage big money that you'll soak your boots with brown sludge as the first few rounds whizz by your thick skull. The inside of your knees will be black and blue from the shuddering within hours of your first encounter of the enemy dressed in skirts that smile at you as they press the button with their filthy finger. Yeah, show us just how we're "supposed to be".

"POP" goes the bubble....

For now, get off the smelly couch, let your crack pipe cool and put your screen on back the Obama channel!

Proof.

Guest-o-matic. Better to be thought an idiot than to speak and remove all doubt. You've now removed all doubt. You're and idiot.

God bless these brave

God bless these brave soldiers.

Saddening

Sorry, but I personally think this kind of behavior is BARBARIC!

Barbaric? What would you call what they did to our troops...

...in Fallujah? Murdered them, burned their bodies, hung them on the bridge for public display and drug them behind vehicles? So, if pissing on a dead Taliban dressed in skirts is "barbaric" what would you call what they did to our American soldiers in uniform? What do you call what they did to over 3000 innocent Americans on 9/11? You probably forgot about that didn't you?

I get tired of side-lipped, whiney, pansy-assed couch potatoes spouting off about things they know nothing about!

What would I call it???

What would I call what they did to our troops? I'd call it Barbaric and WRONG. Americans are better than that. This was not a spur of the moment mistake made in the heat of battle. It was a premeditated act and deserves to be punished. I remember 9/11 well, and the people responsible should be found and punished by death. If you choose to fight us in our efforts to bring the responsible people to justice, you deserve to die as well. Do I think that we should use your logic ("what they do to us is okay to do to them") and crash hijacked airliners into their city killing thousands of innocent people? Should we hang their dead "soldiers" in the public square? No. No. We are better than barbarians and should be held to a higher standard. Guest-o-matic, you really should think before you post, otherwise YOU seem to be the one spouting off about things you know nothing of.

...in Fallujah? Murdered

...in Fallujah? Murdered them, burned their bodies, hung them on the bridge for public display and drug them behind vehicles? So, if pissing on a dead Taliban dressed in skirts is "barbaric" what would you call what they did to our American soldiers in uniform? What do you call what they did to over 3000 innocent Americans on 9/11? You probably forgot about that didn't you?

I get tired of side-lipped, whiney, pansy-assed couch potatoes spouting off about things they know nothing about!

*** They may have done those terrible things to our American soldiers but, not only are our soldiers the people who fight for our country, but also heroes and role-models. You think urinating on a human being's corpses something our children or others should do? For payback, go murder the men or women who did those terrible, immoral acts on our American soldiers. Sorry to burst your bubble but, being hung was done back then.. BY AMERICANS! We used to hang our OWN!We may not like what they did to our American soldiers but, they knew right when they enlisted that they better be prepared to fight and to fight for their life. 9/11 was a tragedy and innocent people(American or not) were murdered because the terrorists wanted attention. We already assassinated the man who planned 9/11 and others who were involved.
We had payback. Did we urinate on his corpse? NO?!?! Obviously that's immoral as well and shows a bad example.

never served

That's why you probably never served and especially in a Combat MOS. Things that happen, do so for a reason. If you had been in their shoes being shot at loosing friends the way they most likely did. Well then you would have a different mind set. It's always easy to Monday morning quarterback on things that you are not involved in and this is not any different.

Regards.

Obviously

Obviously he had no control over his troops. When you lose command authority and you are a CPT in a combat arms MOS there really isn't any reason for you to keep hanging around.
If you really are a former 1SG, you should know these things.

This capt was not their

This capt was not their commander... so that shows how much you have actually followed this case. This was an in the heat of battle after watching these guys parade the legs of their buddy around for days and then hang them in trees. What disgusts me is the illegal actions of the commandant of the marine corps in the treatment of this entire case. It is good to read finally, this week, that 27 officers, including a general, have filed a formal complaint against the commandant down. It is time for him to step down. How about this paper start reporting on that - much bigger news.

I don't understand this. So

I don't understand this. So what if they did urinate on the enemy. What do you think the enemy would have done to them if the situation were reversed?What do you think the enemy did to many other US military personnel? Who really gives a flip if the enemy is offended or Allah is shown disrespect? Things like this happen. It boosts morale for those who don't know if they will see another day let alone their families or their homes again. The only mistake made was recording the incident. I guess the bleeding hearts would really come unglued if they had knowledge of what was done to some of the Viet Cong.

You don't fight barbarianism

You don't fight barbarianism with more barbarian behavior. We are the greatest nation that has ever existed, and people hate us for that. We don't need to go around urinating on corpses to boost our own morale. As someone actually in the military, this kind of behavior is unacceptable, and hopefully this CPT gets at least an other than honorable or a general discharge. He does not deserve a honorable discharge.

You can sit here all day and say "who cares?", but we talk about being the greatest, most civil nation in the world, so we have to act like it.

War...

is hell! Unfortunately, our guys' hands are tied by the politicians who care for nothing but getting re-elected.

You certainly don't sound

You certainly don't sound very military. You must be a ROTC dropout. You certainly have never seen active duty or are the best brainwashed soldier I have ever come across. I see no harm in taking a whiz on the bodies of somebody that tried to kill me.

speak in a language

You have to speak (or act) in a manner that the enemy can understand. I bet you like the hug-a-thug programs the criminal courts have.