Guilt by association guys. The lumping of US soldiers and US Army when discussing these acts is very reckless. For every 1 bad one there's tens of thousands of very honorable men and women. That's the cause of the image degradation, not the acts but the
hasty generalization that takes place becuase of those acts.
Most incidents that occur involve more than one individual... And having lots of
incidents all involving groups of people indicates that there is something wrong at the very core of the US armies training, recruitment or management.
Not neccessarily. Most of these soldiers are 19-25, and try as you might, I guarantee that you could never put together a group of perfectly behaved 19-25 year olds. This is not an excuse, but I don't think that the rank and file soldier is taught to treat
civilians with disrespect.
Problem is, peer pressure (a bunch of guys with guns, hooah) and the sheer statistical probability of psychotic behavior in this age group leads to these events. We may like to think of them as perfect (or imperfect), but it's probably somewhere in between.
How many english soccer matches end in brawls? The same mindset exists amongst some of these soldiers. Most, however, aren't like this.