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For years now, Very Serious and Patriotic U.S. leaders have huffed and puffed unceasingly bragging about how superior Americans are in the world. We are not savages, unlike those filthy Muslim hordes who will burn the bodies of their enemies and hang them on a bridge. Our military members are not like the Islamic extremists, we've been told. America, alone, is Exceptional.....therefore, our soldiers, by definition, are also Exceptional in every way.
Especially so in comparison with the "terrorists", who have no qualms about chopping off heads. How barbaric!
New details in Army charge sheets released Wednesday paint a disturbing picture of depravity, deceit and savage internal discipline involving at least 12 Stryker soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-Mc-Chord in Washington state during their recent deployment to Afghanistan.
The soldiers, all from the same company in the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, are charged with a total of 76 crimes, including the premeditated murders of three Afghan civilians and the beating of one or more fellow soldiers.
These soldiers are part and parcel of our Proud and Glorious Warriors who are "spreading freedom" in a land of medieval savages.
The soldiers, all assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade, deployed in July 2009 and were stationed at a base in Kandahar Province.
The AP reviewed witness and defendant statements as well as documents filed with an Army magistrate for this report.
Staff Sgt. Gibbs, 25, of Billings, Mont., arrived in the unit late last year and soon began discussing how easy it would be to kill civilians, some in the platoon told Army investigators. He and Cpl. Jeremy Morlock, 22, planned "scenarios" in which they could carry out such killings, they said.
Morlock, of Wasilla, Alaska, gave investigators extensive statements describing the plot.
Six of the men face charges of keeping trophy body parts from Afghan corpses, including a skull and fingers, according to the charging documents.
The highest-ranking member of the group, Staff Sgt. Calvin R. Gibbs, is accused of showing fingers from a corpse to a soldier in an attempt to keep him from talking to Army investigators about his and other soldiers’ alleged use of drugs.
Staff Sgt. Gibbs....
the most senior of the charged members, was found in possession of "finger bones, leg bones and a tooth taken from Afghan corpses."
Michael Wagon was found with a skull taken from an Afghan corpse.
There is much more here.....including the account of the attempted coverup.
Still proud of how Exceptional America is?
Still believe that we are out to win the hearts and minds of those unExceptional Afghan Muslims?
You can add this story to the Exceptional American stories of Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman. You can count this current story in with the Extremely Exceptional Abu Ghraib performance from our Not-Like-Our-Savage-Enemies military leaders and soldiers. Exceptional...all.
So Superior and Exceptional have been our repeated Exceptional incidents of "freedom spreading".....that it's making me sick.....Exceptionally sick.