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  1. TampaZeke says

    It’s shit like this that turns people anti-American, into extremists and YES, into terrorists.

    Do people not give one minute’s thought to their actions before they say and do stupid and damaging things, “just for entertainment/fun/because we were bored”?

  2. JT says

    There seems to be plenty of “bored in Iraq videos” making their way to the internet. This may seem a silly question, but if they have so little to do over there, why are we playing billions of dollars for a war in that country? The guy can be a dick and taunt children over here for much cheaper.

  3. Disgusted American says

    I didn’t even watch the video….I couldn’t…..so much for “winning those hearts and minds” ..that soldier should be ashamed of themselves.

  4. CJ says

    Excellent points guys, I was about to make the same comments.

    America has been stirring the cauldron over in the Middle East for years, and this is not helping!

  5. Steve says

    Is it any wonder there’s anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world? Don’t we realize that our arrogance fuels the fire of anti-American feeling throughout the world?

    When we are guests in another country, we must realize we represent the U.S., whether we like it or not. This kind of arrogance doesn’t help our cause.

  6. says

    That’s revolting. They’re just little kids, for fuck’s sake. If anyone talked to my kid like that I’d cut their tongue out and stuff it up their ass. Is it any wonder then, that Iraqis feel the same way?

  7. omi says

    You know, those kids did not create or start the war in any way but have to face it’s consequences every day. To then encounter this dim-wit? And his reasoning on Facebook?

    Stop the world, I wanna get off.

  8. says

    If you have not watched FRONTLINE’s “The Wounded Platoon”, I implore you to do it soon. It is so much worse than we think. Soldiers are being HEAVILY drugged and sent back to war, regardless of their PTSD or other mental issues, regardless of their doctors advice, and regardless of how many civilians they kill. And they admit to killing many. MUST SEE:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/woundedplatoon/?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium=proglist&utm_source=proglist

  9. Felix says

    @LetSodomRing

    You are missing the point here. Its not about the video itself, but the arrogance to upload it, share it and boasting about it. Then people wonder why there’s an anti-americanism sentiment in the world.

  10. Jose says

    Children, victims of war, are being mocked by a representative of the “liberating force”. It is deplorable on so many levels, regardless of whether the children understand English orn ot. To “Letsodomring” I’d ask, based on what knowledge/experience do you claim to know what the children see/know/understand?

  11. jakeinlove says

    Anon, really?
    So you mom call you a stupid worthless dumb f*ck up and that’s NOT going to have an effect on you.
    Not to mention everyone’s comments and the fact the we’ve had our hand up this region’s ass so long which is why we’re in the situation we’re in now.

    but as long as those kids are ok.

  12. John K. says

    And they’ll remember those us soldiers laughing at them when extremists really do try to recruit them when they are older. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want this in incident on their mind when they are making that decision. There was harm done here alright.

  13. Jeff Kurtti says

    LETSODOMRING –it’s not just the specific act, it’s the manifold layers of communication. Due to the fact that millions are now seeing this idiotic behavior, it is an “actual” atrocity, in that it demeans all concerned, and creates further fuel for an already raging fire.

  14. walter says

    the soldier who took this video really needs to be taken to task. the next time he meets these kids they may just be packing explosive charges. this war is the same as vietnam a war for the hearts and minds of people we don’t seem to be able to win that kind of war and maybe this soldier shows why

  15. walter says

    there is another reason the command let this video ou to use against the repeal of DADT to show that there is homophobia among the troops and to leave the policy in place

  16. Bob R says

    This is nothing new, nor is it at all unusual. It happens in every war zone all throughout history. I saw similar incidents in Vietnam. Just because a man puts on a military uniform it does not mean he has honor, is courageous, or more heroic than any other member of society. I’ve personally known many cowards and sociopaths in military uniform. This is especially true today when our military has become a paid, “professional” force, a group of mercenaries many of whom serve because there are so few opportunities for them in civilian life. We put artificial limbs on the physically disabled and let them serve, provide medications for the psychologically disabled and let them serve and provide weapons and a killing environment for the socially disaffected so they can serve. The soldier who made this video and was so proud of his action that he posted it for the world to see has some severe emotional problems and those who excuse this type of misbehavior need to look at their own mental health. In a civilized and rational world, doing this sort of thing is sad, proudly posting it for the world to see is sick.

  17. JT says

    Sorry to say it folks, but our “fighting heroes” are about 40 percent decent service men and women, and 60 percent are failures at all other professions, so they joined the military. My father and brother both served…dad to see the world…he served 24 years…then my brother…who graduated HS at age 20 and had trouble with the law, cuz he couldnt do anything else…served 7 years.
    That about sums it up. The standards for recruiting have sunk to such a low point, OH, but the GAYS will effect our ability to win peace…hmm…used to be saying “Im an American” had some cache…now my European relatives inform me that “American” is used as a punch line more often than “Michael Jackson” is here.

  18. Mark says

    I wonder how “Rodriguez” would feel if white Border Patrol agents did something similar along the US-Mexican border to Hispanic kids that didn’t understand English?

    Bored seems to be a legit catch-all justification in the US military. It also seems to be a euphemism for ignorant and stupid.

  19. TANK says

    Fuck the european opinion of americans. They’ve always looked down their noses at us even though many of their track records on human rights are arguably worse, and are jealous because of our economic and military hegemony. Also, very bitter that we had to save them during ww II…so fuck the european opinion.

    This is a disgrace, but as previous commenters have stated, military service doesn’t automatically make one a decent, honorable person…and there are a lot of scumbags in uniform (which is true across the globe and throughout history).

  20. Dan Cobbb says

    This is VERY REPRESENTATIVE of the primitives that populate the U.S. military.
    It also speaks volumes about how these soldiers have no problem killing Iraqi civilians. The soldier in this video unwittingly revealed his arrogant attitude toward Iraqis. After causing the deaths of over 600,000 innocent Iraqis, the U.S. military has succeeded in stealing oil from this third world country. The U.S. military dropped white phosphorous on the city of Fallujah literally melting people to death. In that context, the soldiers denigration of these Iraqi boys is proof positive that this war is not about Iraqi freedom or Iraqi democracy… it’s about stealing oil from Iraq. I think all the soldiers in Iraq should be tried for war crimes. The incursion into Iraq was illegal and baseless. The only heroes in my book are the ones who refused to serve in Iraq to satisfy Dick Cheney’s gluttony for oil.

  21. Dan Cobbb says

    I would suggest that there are many more “scumbags” as a percentage of the military than in the society in general. I have had dealings with multiple military people and they have all been deceitful and asocial.

  22. Sean says

    This is beyond sad! See, this is when people sit in the room with the film maker and laugh and then say, “You know what’s really funny?” The guy asks, “What?” and they say, “you’re soo being discharged and without any benefits!”

  23. Toto says

    The military has always been excused from advancing in terms of social behavior from common society because of the often used line, “war is hell”. But that excuse is quickly becoming null. When we have automated surveillance and attack aircraft and other technology that far outranks that of our enemies and mortality rates far less than that of any previous wars there is no excuse for not developing a professional, respectful and intellectual force. Ive told people I know in college about being in the military and quite a few are under the impression that you have to be an ignorant, buffoon in order to even consider enlistment. Although American society loves to parade around our admiration of service, I think deep down inside we see it as a fringe that is best kept at arms length or some place that those who cant handle the “normal world” would go. I think its because of that distance that it fosters the type of ignorance of the actions and posting of this video. Obviously not everyone acts like this but it only takes a one video..

  24. TANK says

    Um, no toto. It isn’t people who can’t handle the normal world (perhaps this piece of filth), and to generalize this beyond the normal population and insist that the military has a higher concentration of degenerate scum is a little classist, to say the least. Since the founding of this country (in fact, since the first war humanity ever engaged in)…it is the poor who feed the meat grinder. It is the poor who fight for the privileged classes. It is the poor and disadvantaged who fill the graveyards/battlefields of history.

    You want a more intellectual military? You need to start with a more intellectual population. In a country where only five per cent of people read more than one book a year, and the vast majority are not college educated, you’re not going to see military demographics of superior intellect to the populations that they’re defending.

    There are a lot of gay people who advance fringe liberal ideologies, and jump on the chance to spit on this country, and its armed services without the slightest interest in nuanced criticism or understanding of the issues. I don’t know why, particularly, this is the case, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with a higher percentage of mentally ill people in our respective communities (due directly to constant discrimination we experience).

  25. TANK says

    Then again, there is more than an unhealthy number of lesbians and gays who advance a fringe conservative ideology, too. Gay tea partiers and republicans…this is also best understood in terms of mental illness, I believe…or extreme myopia.

  26. Chris says

    This sort of frat boy behavior is totally unacceptable. This is disheartening–not only for this incident only, but it just brings to mind that this sort of behavior exists in the service. Most of it probably goes unnoticed and thus continues.

  27. Horace says

    At this point, our greatest hope for diplomacy in this region is through the American Soldier. This is a shameful embarrassment. I would tend to hate American’s too if this was me as a child.

  28. Bill says

    It’s stupid assholes like Rodriguez that continually drag America down with their ignorance, condescension and repulsive smugness. What a loser. (The kids should have shot back – “Are you a wetback? Are you a beaner? Are you a high school drop-out, illiterate who joined the army out of total desperation because you’re too fucking dim-witted to make it anywhere else?)

  29. Malan says

    Aslutey revolting. I don’t care if these kids understand what he’s saying or not. The majority of communication happens non-verbally. They had to sense that they were being made the objects of mockery, but were understandably confused and not sure how to react.

    What abhorrent human being.

  30. Kit says

    All of you seem to be making an opinion of the war based on what happened in this one video. Don’t you think you should look at a broader spectrum and realize the good that is being done over there? Oh, that’s right, you don’t know any of the good, because #1 none of you have ever actually been over there to see first hand and #2 the media isn’t going to show you the good. Shame on the soldier for doing this, but shame on all of you for passing judgement on an entire war, on our entire army, and on your country for a video of one soldier.

  31. Derick Wade says

    I disagree that because those children could not understand ( if that is true) that this somehow minimizes the intent and disgust behind this soldiers actions. Facial expression, tone of voice, posture etc are quite Universally understood. As a former Marine Vet AND a “fag” I will never accept or tolerate such ignorant and puerile behavior from anyone.

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