This is irredeemably terrible, but as is always the case where America is involved, the unbelievable dumbassery that erupts from spokesmen after the fact turns the sad movie into what Hollywood likes to call a tragicomedy:
Spokesmen for the U.S. military in Iraq did not respond to requests for comment. But the military has previously said that looting would have been far worse had it not been for the presence of its troops.So. America invades and destroys civic and military authority. In the immediate, chaotic aftermath, thieves loot valuables and artifacts. But the presence of the invading army that was itself the proximate cause of looting is also a restraint on looting. Now, if we hadn't invaded, there'd have been no looting, but since we didn't not invade, it could not not not have been . . . uh . . . worse? Help me out, here.