Michael Savage: Don't punish brave Marines


Talk Radio Network’s Michael Savage had an editorial published in USA Today on 1/20, addressing the recent news and subsequent media criticism of U.S Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters:

“Most of the “men” in the news media — the same journalists orchestrating the attack on Marines who allegedly urinated on Taliban terrorists they killed in battle — have never even been in a fistfight, let alone a firefight. And yet here they are, piling on the real men who have the guts to go into combat against 15th century radical Islamist throwbacks.

The piling on our Marines has done far more damage to the morale of our fighting men than our soldiers’ actions. And yet we hear Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos calling the act “inconsistent with (our) high standards of conduct,” then whining about our commitment to “upholding the Geneva Conventions, the laws of war and our own core values.”

This in the face of Taliban atrocities — car-bombings, beheadings, the murder of women and children — that flout the Geneva Conventions and yet are routinely ignored by the media and our military higher-ups, who also downplayed the Fort Hood massacre by Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Our fighting men must be supported at all costs at a time like this. How can we in good faith ask them to put their lives on the line against the vilest, most extreme of enemies while at the same time we attack them in the press at every turn?

I’m not saying that what these Marines did isn’t a violation of military code. But unlike murderers who are granted appeal after appeal, these Marines have already been tried and found guilty in the media.

The desecration of war dead is universally condemned, but it is as old as war itself. These boys are not the devils. The Taliban fighters are the devils.

Our Marines are heroes. They should be rewarded for having the guts to go into combat, not punished for stepping over the line.

It’s the latest attempt by the liberal news media and the increasingly timid military brass to destroy the few, the proud, the brave, the Marines. Remember, “to err is human, to forgive divine.”

Michael Savage is a conservative radio talk show host and author. His most recent book is Abuse of Power.”