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The allegations against our troops are disturbing precisely because they are OUR troops and, as such, it is reasonable to expect the best of them. They are not Iraqi troops, or Mexican troops, or Russian troops, or anything else, and should be held to a higher standard. That troops or guerillas from some other land do worse things is no excuse. Our soldiers are Americans. As such we should hope they represent our principles and ideals, even in the toughest of situations. Our forces in Iraq are on an important and perilous mission — and we should all be grateful for their sacrifices. That does not mean we should excuse gross misconduct if (and I stress, if) it should occur.



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