Quote by ocatchings: "This is not a war crime and the max they should get is 2 months forfeiture of 1/2 months pay, 2 weeks extra duty, and some BS sensitivity training."
Yep. Your basic UCMJ Article 15 reprimand for misconduct that got loose to the media and now is an international incident that will get these Marine snipers court-martialed, drummed out of the service or possible prison time.
During Operation Desert Storm, commanding Army General Norman Schwarzkopf severely limited America's media and others from around the world access to all military units and especially those combat units that were fighting on the front lines because he knew exactly what would happen if they had unlimited access the way they do now.
The media was pissed off but he could care less because he realized that troop safety was priority #1 next to mission accomplishment and who supported his request?
Then "the boss" Joints-Chief-Of Staff General Colin Powell.
Althought Operation Dersert Storm only lasted less than a year compared to Iraq & Afghanstan, the military still had the leverage to do the exact same thing this time if they really wanted to so that things such as this "pee pee" incident could he handled in house instead of in the media and the U.S./world political arena where all common sense is fleeting and now former yes men generals then Secretary of State like Colin Powell are too politically chicken shit as political civilians to execise their overall military influence; make it happen this time well before these wars got really involved because he understands since he was the overall commanding officer-in-charge during Operation Desert Storm at the Pentagon who fully understands all the military and political risks on all sides, enemy/allies and U.S. military personnel during wartime.
I guess working for President George H.W Bush was much easier for Powell to relate to and convince than dealing with the son "Dumbass" Bush.