White House spokesman Jay Carney is reacting to the publication of photos in the Los Angeles Times depicting members of the U.S. Army posing with dead bodies in Afghanistan by saying that the Obama administration is “disappointed…[with] the decision to publish two years after the incident.”
Carney seems to be suggesting that the photos might endanger U.S. soldiers fighting the war in Afghanistan, and that, since the photos were taken two years ago, there wouldn’t seem to be an urgent need for the Times to publish the photos while soldiers are still stationed there.
Carney also had harsh words for the perpetrators shown in the photos.
“[The] conduct depicted in those photographs is reprehensible and does not in any way represent the high standards of the US military,” Carney told the press aboard Air Force One. “And the president certainly shares in the defense secretary’s opinion that this should be investigated and those held responsible will be held accountable.”
The spokesman said he was uncertain as to whether the president had actually seen the photos or not, but Carney is sure that Obama is aware of the scandal.