When the photos from Abu Ghraib surfaced in 2004, the left and the MSM seized upon them as a hammer with which to strike the Bush Administration and the war generally. There is no question that the criminal actions of a handful of out-of-control soldiers deeply injured the war effort and probably the chance for peace, and they certainly became fodder for jihadist propaganda.
Does anyone doubt that this is not the way the Marines teach their men to act, or that if it happened it is the only such incident they can recall in ten plus years of war in Afghanistan? With that in mind, I hope the American MSM at least –there is little chance of this occurring abroad– shows restraint and judgment in pursuing this story. So much is at stake and the price for a media circus would be American lives.
So, Manhattan-Beltway media elites, please indulge your desire to protect the president and all his policies and his political standing. Most conservatives will gladly swallow their anger at yet another display of your deep bias if you will only show some restraint that serves to protect American servicemen and women.