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Panetta Condemns Urination Video

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta phoned Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Thursday and promised full investigation of a video that purports to depict four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters — a video both men condemned as deplorable. In a separate public statement, Panetta said such behavior is “entirely inappropriate for members of the United States military” and that those responsible will be held accountable. The video, posted on the Internet, shows men in Marine combat gear standing in a semi-circle over three bodies. It’s not clear whether the dead were Taliban or civilians or someone else. The title on the posting called them Taliban insurgents and said the men were from Camp Lejeune, N.C., but officials would not immediately confirm it/Washington Post. More here. (AP photo)


AM: 1 Shipp Twin Returns Home

“No matter how (bad) of a day you had, you come home, and he'll make it better,” Robert Shipp said about his 2-year-old son, Hunter, at their home in Rathdrum on Tuesday. Robert served four years with the U.S. Marines, including time in Kuwait and Afghanistan. Five years after they joined the Marines, one of the Shipp twins is home and thankful for help from family and veterans programs. Alison Boggs and photographer Kathy Plonka catch up with the twins from Hauser who joined the Marines together here.

Dennis: Marines, Uniforms, My Family

Dennis Mansfield posts: Since the news hit earlier today about the action by the USMC against Vaughn Ward for his unwarranted use of the Marine Corps uniform in his campaign literature, etc, I’ve been thinking … Why was I so taken aback? Why was I so angry? Well, I spelled out part of it in my frustration with his inattention to detail in a way-early post last night before I hit the sack. Then, The Idaho Statesman piece hit this morning. Now, as the late morning moves toward noon, I think I “got it”. My folks, that’s why. More here.

Question: Did either of your parents serve in the military during war time?

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