Diana West

"A video recently posted on a public website appears to show U.S. military personnel committing an inappropriate act with enemy corpses.

"This disrespectful act is inexplicable and not in keeping with the high moral standards we expect of coalition forces. ISAF strongly condemns the actions depicted in the video, which appear to have been conducted by a small group of U.S. individuals, who apparently are no longer serving in Afghanistan.

"Nevertheless, this behavior dishonors the sacrifices and core values of every service member representing the 50 nations of the coalition."

I strenuously object to this grotesque inflation of such an incident to the magnitude of dishonoring all ISAF forces, up to and including their immense "sacrifices" --nearly 3,000 dead and tens of thousands more wounded and damaged. It doesn't dishonor their "core values," either. In fact, it has nothing to do with such values, which beat the Taliban's every time, from child rape (sanctioned by polygamous "marriage"), to normalized pederasty (dancing boys), beheadings, Islamic male supremacism and zero freedom of conscience. I would bet that these Taliban values -- shared, by the way, by average Afghans -- played some role in the videotaped act of contempt.

The ISAF reaction, however, is to grovel. In so doing, it does more to weaken the morale and safety of troops than anything I can imagine. Except, of course, making a global disciplinary example of these haplessly outed military personnel.

I'm afraid that's coming. The ISAF release concludes: "Therefore, a United States Criminal Investigatory agency has launched an investigation. It will be thorough, and any individuals with confirmed involvement will be held fully accountable."

Look out. Incoming fire from ourselves.

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).