This morning LA Times digs up gruesome photos of troops smiling in the vicinity of dead terrorists. Military says they’ve started a criminal investigation into the matter.
The story notes that LAT was entreated by military leaders not to publish the sordid photos:
“Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said the conduct depicted ‘most certainly does not represent the character and the professionalism of the great majority of our troops in Afghanistan…. Nevertheless, this imagery — more than two years old — now has the potential to indict them all in the minds of local Afghans, inciting violence and perhaps causing needless casualties.'”
I’m with the Pentagon on this one.