facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Panetta to troops: Stop the misconduct

May 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
FORT BENNING, Ga., May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Friday told troops at Fort Benning, Ga., to refrain from misconduct such as posing with body parts and urinating on corpses.

Such behavior on the part of U.S. troops in Afghanistan "show a lack of judgment, a lack of professionalism and a lack of leadership" and damages U.S. national interests, Panetta said.

"These days, it takes only seconds for one picture to suddenly become an international headline. And those headlines can impact the mission we're engaged in, they can put your fellow service members at risk, they can hurt morale, and they can damage our standing in the world."

While such episodes "represent a very, very small percentage of the great work that our men and women do every day across the world," Panetta said, "They concern us because our enemies will seek to turn them in their favor, at the very moment when they are losing the wider war. …

"Never forget that you have a responsibility to look after your fellow soldiers and to represent the American people that you are sworn to defend," Panetta said.

"We have an enduring commitment to Afghanistan and to the Afghan people. And if we keep our eye focused on this mission, as I know you all will, we will defeat al-Qaida; we will deny them the ability to rebuild; we will deny them the safe haven that they used to plan an attack on our country.

"They may have attacked us once; they will not do it again. Too much precious blood has been spilled, too much progress has been made to lose sight of the mission now."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
4
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
5
Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback