The sources I cite say, via the Prime Minister of Iraq, that the soldiers were tortured. Most of us, myself included, would believe that he was talking about the beheading as the 'torture'.
These boys were tortured in the worst imaginable way. Their genetalia was cut off, their hearts cut out, their eyes poked out, and organs were shoved into their mouths- in addition to having their heads removed from their bodies.
Graphic, horrid and anger-inciting.
Fox News told this story- nobody else did. Hey, CNN, I don't give a shit what Angelina Jolie has to say. Compare this treatment with the things that happened in Abu Graib and Gitmo and there is no parallel.
This cruel and cowardly attack will send a message to our soldiers:
1. If you are in an ambush, you either all go after the attackers or you all stay.
2. Never leave your wing man. That's what Tom Cruise taught us and it holds true on so many levels.
3. Never surrender. You fucking go down fighting like Pacino at the end of Scarface. Take out as many as you can and send them to hell. If you don't, you will not get the humane treatment AQ prisoners receive.
It is time for our legislators to let the Uncle Sam take off his Big Bop gloves and go in there and kick some serious ass. Strategic, unhindered strikes against jihadist and their hideouts has to be done. Civilian casualties will exist.
Our enemy does not fear us; we need to change that.
You wanna know how you do it? Here's how, they pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send on of his to the morgue! That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? -Sean Connery, The Untouchables
More appropriately, for the weaponry of the 21st century:
They use an IED, you use GPS and bomb the hell out of them. They ambush you, then you carpet bomb their HQ. They cut one of yours head off then you send a tactical nuke into thier cave.
I want to do that. I'm ready to do that. I wish we could.