The paratroopers had their assignment: Check out reports that Afghan police had recovered the mangled remains of an insurgent suicide bomber. Try to get iris scans and fingerprints for identification.
The 82nd Airborne Division soldiers arrived at the police station in Afghanistan's Zabol province in February 2010. They inspected the body parts. Then the mission turned macabre: The paratroopers posed for photos next to Afghan police, grinning while some held — and others squatted beside — the corpse's severed legs.
A few months later, the same platoon was dispatched to investigate the remains of three insurgents who Afghan police said had accidentally blown themselves up. After obtaining a few fingerprints, they posed next to the remains, again grinning and mugging for photographs.
This is ghoulish, disgusting, and we're coming up on eleven goddamn years of this. We're coming up on an entire generation of kids knowing nothing other than our war in the sandbox. Between this and the shooting rampage last month, we have no moral authority left. None. It's a travesty.
Bring them home. Just for the love of all that's good in the world, go.