Sometimes, especially in a war, it is what is seen that is important. Only God knows how many acts of heroism went unnoticed or unreported. Those that survived them would often shrug them off as "part of their Job". But in war there are other events that are seen but never reported. The "detanee abuse" scandals at Abu Ghraib were, to the civilized world atrocious. no doubt to the people that were doing them it was a way to "give back" some of the hell the detanees put the soldiers through.
Indeed many of the "innocent" and "harrassed" detanees are the worst of the worst that wouldn't have hesitated to do much much worse to an american. The truth of the matter is that there is a lot more that goes on than that.
I never really espoused belief in macheovelian politics. that is doing things that one is morally opposed to to kepp the state running. Assasination, Esbionauge, Torture, intimidation are all tools of state. they are ugly and best kept out ot the "light" The truth is that for all the good that America stands for, it's people are naive about the nature of the world.
Even the military is unaware at times of what really happens. sometimes things are underreported. Sometimes they are over reported. Is it wrong? or is it just the workings of a war. It was said in WWII that soldiers looted Germany, that which Hitler hadn't already aquired, were approperated by soldiers. Such things have happened since the beginning of war. Though I have not seen this myself i have no doubt it happens. So what to do about it? Nothing. It is best to slap a few soldiers on the wrist and turn a blind eye on things that are minor.
Although Rep Murtha, or Nancy Pelosi would disagree, there are times this world can be cruel and inhuman. Soldiers for the most part, even when cut loose always have far more restraint than the enemies which they fight. It is perhaps one of the better qualities to the American soldier. Even when faced with absolutly barbaric conditions, they still mantain a semblance of civility. Marines. . . i can't speak for them. They always have been barely restrained. But the Army is different.