As the result of an extremely controversial verdict, I am very upset at the news that former U.S. soldier, Steven Green, 24, of Midland, Texas has been sentenced to life in prison. And it's only because he shot and killed a teenage girl's mother, her father and her six year old sister, before raping her (he was the third G.I. to do so) and when finished (out of some perverse gratitude or deep guilt, I suppose), he shot the girl in the face and set her body on fire.
Why am I so outraged over Green's sentence, just as all good Americans should be? Because Steven Green was just part of the wrong kind of unit. If only he had been assigned duty as one of our Bush administration approved soldier prison guard torture interrogators where (as we are slowly learning -- no wonder Obama doesn't want us and the world to see it, to know it!) -- rape and murder are just part of America's extreme questioning techniques.
Many good citizens know and condone this and it seems extremely unfair Steven Green will be spending the rest of his life behind bars when he could still be walking around *free* as a person who has honorably served his nation had he only committed rape and murder in the line of his assigned duty -- interrogation.