Hypocritical politicians send young men to war, then 'deplore' what they do there

Your article on Marines in Afghanistan urinating on the dead bodies of their enemies was indeed disturbing — not because they did it, however, but because U.S. and Afghan leaders seemed to find it so "deplorable" ("Video of Marines defiling Taliban bodies stirs rage," Jan. 13).

What I find deplorable is our young men and women coming home with missing legs or arms and so mentally messed up they can barely function.

I find all these phony politicians condemning our troops while living safely in their homes in America deploring and disturbing.

As a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, I can understand these Marines and their actions. After an intense battle with people who hate you and would behead or mutilate you if they captured you, for these Marines to act as they did doesn't amount to a hill of beans.

Semper Fi to my brother Marines.

Edward Mattson, Baltimore

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