Friday, January 13, 2012
The video of Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters instantly destroyed any credibility the US had in Afghanistan. One vile action cost millions of man-hours of meetings with elders, working with the populace and reputation building. It doesn't make a difference that thousands of soldiers have done their duty in the country and treated the people well. The Taliban will use the video to convince the populace that Americans are devils. What possessed these Marines to do what they did? Surely their commander didn't know their actions. This incident is a lesson to every organization that one thick-skulled employee can ruin the efforts of hundreds or thousands. When you have a screw-up in the ranks, get rid of him. Your reputation and the reputations of your other employees aren't worth sacrificing because of one malcontent.