Panetta apologises for photos

2012-04-18 22:49

Brussels - Defence secretary Leon Panetta is apologising for newly published photos depicting American soldiers posing with body parts of Afghans militants.

At a news conference after a meeting of Nato foreign and defence ministers in Brussels, Panetta told reporters he "strongly condemns" the behaviour exhibited in the photos and encouraged a strong investigation, which is already under way.

But Panetta also said that in war, young people "can make foolish decisions." He said he is not excusing the behaviour but does not want the incident to bring more harm to US troops in Afghanistan.

The Nato meeting of foreign and defence ministers is to discuss the Afghan war in preparation for an alliance summit meeting to be hosted next month in Chicago by President Barack Obama.

  • Fred - 2012-04-19 00:03

    This confirms the US is committed to its stated values and principles. Individuals who chose to go against them are not condoned in any way.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-04-19 09:12

      I thinks its quite naive to place the same moral and ethical principals on soldiers in a war zone to ourselves . Somehow i think your perspective changes once you enter a combat zone as a soldier. We have communities that necklace the living for stealing , so its not a great leap to soldiers taking pictures of enemies bodies ect when they've been trying to kill them and/or killed their compatriots.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 17:29

      It's so convenient to hide behind so called values and principles which i have no doubt most ordinary Americans adhere too. The problem is that the American people are tired of these never ending wars in the name of democracy. They are bombarded daily with propaganda about the so called terrorist. When u read between the lines the us govt is not for the people it serves global elitist interests

  • Michael - 2012-04-19 06:29

    War is hell! One of lifes greatest ironies is the term 'rules of war', it is for me, the ulimate contradiction. To wage war is lunacy, to condone war is intolerable, to glorify war is folly and to try and make sense of war is illogical.

  • amanda.victor2 - 2012-04-19 07:36

    Stupid idiot. Why would you apologise to your enemies who blow themselves up around innocent people? Political correctness is now the norm in the USA.

      Shaun - 2012-04-19 09:19

      Amanda.victor let me tell you the US and "allied" forces have blown up way more innocent people than terrorists have in the history of terrorism. In fact 132 000 innocent civilians have been murdered in Iraq since the US began its illegal occupation there. Please get your facts straight! Political correctness no. Rising moral values yes.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-19 10:04

    Unfortunately the longer the US continues wit their foreign policies , The more the G.I Joe culture is exposed.

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 14:57

    The USA no longer has any moral authority to be meddling in foreign govt affairs

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