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Soldiers’ Photostream Must Follow Chain of Command

April 20 (Bloomberg) -- The most recent scandal to rock U.S. military forces in Afghanistan concerns photos published in the Los Angeles Times depicting U.S. soldiers goofing around with the body of a dead Taliban fighter.

Clearly, this incident reflects a failure on the part of whichever commissioned or noncommissioned officer had responsibility for the men in the picture. Afghans -- most of whom will never see the pictures -- will probably not be terribly offended by what U.S. soldiers do to the body of a suicide bomber. But Americans have a right to expect more from the men and women in uniform.