Petraeus Sees Our Troops Decompensate!
Posted by bosskitty on May 11, 2007
Decompensate: the inability to maintain defense mechanisms in response to stress, resulting in personality disturbance or psychological imbalance.
Pentagon mental-health advisory team, findings:
Approximately 10 percent of all Army and Marine Corps troops surveyed last September in Iraq acknowledged mistreating civilians (troops “damaged/destroyed Iraqi property … or hit/kicked a non-combatant”). The report found that soldiers who’d experienced the most combat were “nearly twice as likely to mistreat non-combatants.” Nearly half of the Army troops and 60 percent of the Marines told researchers that if someone in their unit were to kill an innocent civilian, they would not report it.
Gen. David Petraeus: “respect human dignity, maintain our integrity and do what is right.” Although “[w]e train to kill our enemies,” Petraeus wrote, [w]hat sets us apart from our enemies … is how we behave.”
The General wrote an open letter to our troops, this Thursday, addressing the unacceptable disregard for civilian and innocent casualties.