Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Saunders to Obama: Pardon Marines

Today, Debra J. Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle is calling on President Obama to grant presidential pardons to the four Marines who were captured on video as they urinated on three corpses. Saunders suggests Obama "spare [the Marines] and their families the ordeal of an extended investigation, mounting legal bills and possibly prison time." Writes Saunders:
Obama could use this episode as a teaching moment about the need for respect - not to mention discretion - in the era of the camera phone. It also is a moment for Washington to consider that these Marines have made sacrifices in service to this country that noncombatants cannot begin to understand. These men have had to carry out the commander in chief's orders on the ground - that's a far more daunting duty than ordering a drone attack that kills the enemy and civilians remotely.
And asks, "Want change?" Her suggestion: "How about answering an act of thoughtless inhumanity with an act of unusual mercy?" See full editorial here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Semper Fi Ms.Saunders. Semper Fi

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