If the latest statements from U.S. military men are any indication, the Pentagon is pretty worried that that awful video of Marines peeing on killed Taliban Afghans is not a fake. This morning, a military spokesperson told Reuters that "We don't have any indication that it's not authentic." It's a funny double-negative that covers the Department of Defense's behind if the video eventually proves to be fake, but we suspect this means the military is coming to the conclusion that it is not. "It certainly appears to us to be what it appears to be to you guys... troops urinating on corpses," said the Pentagon, adding that the investigation is ongoing. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, for his part, reenforces that reading with his own condemnation today. "I have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable ... Those found to have engaged in such conduct will be held accountable to the fullest extent." We'd hope. Afghan President Hamid Karzai added he was "deeply disturbed" by the videos as well.
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