Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls the video of U.S. Marines urinating on dead Afghans "utterly deplorable"; a Marine commander calls it "wholly inconsistent with the high standards of conduct and warrior ethos that we have demonstrated throughout our history."
But Gawker's Hamilton Nolan calls it a crock.
In a furious screed, he blasts the "outrage contest" underway, the "unceasing industrial strength violence being carried out in our names" that most of us ignore most of the time, and the hypocrisy of politicians who "sit in office chairs and start wars and wave flags as young men and women go off to kill and die" - and are never brought to account for their "monstrous, monstrous crime against humanity."
"Do you know what is worse than having your dead body urinated upon? Being killed. Being shot. Being bombed. Having your limbs blown off. Having your house incinerated by a drone-fired missile that you don't see until it explodes. Having your children blown up in their beds. Having your spouse killed. Having your hometown destroyed. Being displaced. Becoming a refugee. Having your entire life destroyed as a consequence of political forces far, far beyond your control."
Update: More on what is not "a few bad apples," but the horror of war, period.