Recent Military Misconduct Troubles US Officials

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, as well as senior Army and Marine Corps leaders, are becoming increasingly concerned over the recent spate of misconduct from soldiers.

Recent stories in the news of soldiers urinating on dead bodies, posing for pictures with body parts, burning Korans, and the well-publicized killing of 17 Afghan civilians by Sgt. Robert Bales have tarnished the work of the thousands of soldiers who perform their duties honorably. Not only do these incidents harm the US' image overseas, but they can also be used by insurgents as propaganda against the US and with digital video and photos, these images can be spread quickly.

Are more discipline/greater punishments needed for these few bad apples, or do we need to be even more particular about who we allow to wear the uniform of the United States military?

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