Follow-Up: Marine Suspended. Puppy Was Alive?

Back in March, I wrote about David Motari, the Marine who very foolishly allowed himself to be videotaped throwing a puppy off a cliff in Iraq. There was a lot of debate on whether or not the puppy was alive or not. I came down on the fake side,

“My verdict? I’m leaning towards fake. By fake, I mean that I don’t think that it’s a live puppy being thrown. I have watched it several times and there are a few things that stick out.”

Although that question hasn’t been definitively answered, the latest actions by the Marines suggest that the puppy was alive,

The US Marine Corps is expelling one soldier and disciplining another for their roles in a video showing a lance corporal throwing a puppy off a cliff while on patrol in Iraq.

The 17-second video posted on YouTube drew furious condemnation from animal rights groups when it came to light in March.

The clip shows two marines joking before one hurls the puppy into a gully. Yelping is heard as it flips through the air.
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Marine Corps Base Hawaii said today that Lance Cpl David Motari received unspecified “non-judicial punishment” and “is being processed for separation” from the Marine Corps.

The second marine, Sgt Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion also received unspecified “non-judicial” punishment.

Just a word of advice to boneheads like David Motari: if you’re thinking about doing something immoral or illegal, don’t do it. However, if you are going to do it, don’t take pics or video of it. You’d think that this would be a pretty simple concept, but judging by this idiot and the morons at Abu Ghraib, apparently not.

Personally, if it only affected the people doing these mindblowingly stupid things, I’d say, “Videotape until your heart’s content.” But unfortunately, the Left uses incidents like these to smear the troops. So, every David Motari and Lyndie England ends up getting treated like the rule amongst our soldiers, instead of the warped exceptions.

Even if guys like Motari don’t have the common sense, morals, or instinct for preservation necessary to keep from committing and documenting themselves doing dumb things, they should at least have enough respect for the people they’re serving with to avoid doing things that might reflect badly upon them.

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