"This is not who we are, and it's certainly not who we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform who are serving there."
Actually, when this kind of thing -- and worse -- happens often enough, it kind of is who we are.
And we seem to be on a macabre streak in Afghanistan. That's not even getting into the streak of "not who we are" U.S. troops were on in Iraq -- or the official torture that went on at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and at top-secret CIA prisons abroad.
No, I'd say the record indicates this is absolutely who we have become after more than a decade of endless war. It probably is who we were even before almost 11 years of endless war.
Think we have a cultural problem much? Do not delude yourself that it's limited to the young kids in U.S. uniforms. Their "not who we are" behavior didn't just arise out of nowhere.
Thanks to the Los Angeles Times for pulling back the mask just a little bit more.