It wasn't just the urinating on a dead combatant. To wuote:
"Deptola was also charged with other alleged misconduct that took place during the same operation, including dereliction in his duties by failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to require junior Marines to wear their personal protective equipment, failing to stop and report the misconduct of junior Marines, failing to report the negligent discharge of a grenade launcher, failing to stop the indiscriminate firing of weapons, failing to stop the unnecessary damaging of Afghan compounds and wrongfully and indiscriminately firing a recovered enemy machine gun."
Each of these charges is serious in it's own right but dereliction of duty? Failure to require the wearing of equipment? These would get him court martialed by themselves. If one of those Marines had been injured while NOT wearing his gear without an ironclad excuse this guy would have been sent packing already.
War is hell that's why we have a code of military justice.
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