Bill Maher and Rob Reiner Don't Get the Fuss Over Marines Urinating on Dead Taliban - 'It's Expected'

It really is amazing how far liberal media members are willing to go to deflect any criticism from Barack Obama.

On HBO's Real Time Friday, host Bill Maher and guest Rob Reiner said this week's revelation of United States Marines urinating on dead Taliban wasn't really that big of a deal; Reiner even said, "It's expected" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

As the discussion began, Maher said, "I''m sure no one condones it on this panel...Compared to some of the things the United States has done, like torturing."

Reiner interjected, "Abu Ghraib."

"Mitt Romney's big thing is 'No apology. America is never apologize.' Would he apologize for this?" Maher asked.

"Yeah, of course he would," answered Reiner. "Nobody condones it, obviously, but, I mean, war does make people a little crazy. I mean, you know, you put young people in a situation like that."

Maher agreed, "That's right."

"They're seeing their friends killed next to them and they act out," continued Reiner. "There's no justifying it, but it's expected. I mean, these are the kinds of things that happen during war."

It's expected. These are the kinds of things that happen during war.

Remember all the outrage over Abu Ghraib? Do you think for a second that Maher and Reiner would be so blasé about this if George W. Bush or any Republican were currently in the White House?

Isn't it fascinating to watch fervently anti-war liberals speak so cavalierly about what some might consider a war crime against an enemy combatant in the field?

Instead of the typical protests from these two about the Geneva Convention, we got "Compared to some of the things the United States has done, like torturing" and "It's expected."

As I've said for years, it takes a staggering amount of rationalizations to be a liberal these days.

Exit question: How big would this issue be if there were currently a Republican in the White House seeking reelection?

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