Former talk show host Montel Williams has weighed in on the controversy surrounding a viral video that shows four U.S. soldiers in full military uniform relieving themselves on the dead bodies of Muslim Taliban members.

The Taliban, which was ousted from power in Dec. 2001, were responsible for the September 11, 2001 terroristic attacks on U.S. soil.

In a satellite call to TMZ.com this morning, Williams, a retired Naval officer and former Marine, said stress from a "heavy workload" might help explain the soldiers' behavior.

Williams said the stress on soldiers currently serving in the armed forces could be alleviated if President Obama reinstated mandatory military enlistment.

"The stresses must be getting to the point that it caused some of this ... why don't we spread out that stress and start making more people put on the uniform and defend this democracy?"

Williams claims only .25% of the U.S. population is serving in the military ... and says, "Maybe it's about time that this country wake up and understand that we can't put the pressure of defending our democracy on less than .25% of this entire population." Source

Watch the graphic video after the break (NOT SAFE FOR WORK).

  • http://www.twitter.com/cocoabana Cocoabana

    Although this was very disrespectful, I am sure worse has been done. I'm going to hell for letting out a small chuckle though.

  • caligirl

    Desecration of dead is :nono: Regardless

  • dabunique

    stress my ass. totally unacceptable. How would they like it if it was da Taliban peein on us? This video will only fuel da hate they have for us. SMH when will we ever think? Heads better roll for this

  • prynsexxx

    :hurl:

  • BigCityGirl

    I don't think stress had anything to do with them urinating on the dead bodies. Its gross and inhumane...BUT when you send men/women out to KILL and act UNCIVILIZED...this is what happens. To see DEATH on a daily basis can change a person. I have a couple of uncles that went to war..they left young, decent and drug free. When they returned..they were TOTALLY different people...they just experienced to much negativity...one committed suicide and the other..well I'll just smh! I'm by no means condoning this uncivil act...but think about what we're sending them over there to do...

  • prynsexxx

    Cocobana says:

    I am sure worse has been done.
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    :yes: The things I can only imagine that have been done and not made to the mainstream media. :hurl: AGAIN!

  • Torae

    Maybe people would be happy if they all held hands and prayed and sung kumbaya over the dead bodies!

    It's a WAR! what more do we expect?

  • caligirl

    on another note..Montel Willias has changed so much since his days as Officer in the Navy...Two earrangs, dressing like he 22, getting married 50/11 times...

  • I Run New York

    No excuse for this sick behavior.

  • goat76

    Some days I do feel like $hittin on people, not sure if that's caused by stress or not.

    Hey Prynsexxx!!!! :hug:

  • prynsexxx

    :hi: @GOAT :kiss:

  • amatrex

    The Taliban is at war with the United States, and neither side has a lot of respect for one another. I'm sure they've done things just as bad if not worse to our fallen soldiers. Although it was NOT very smart for our guys to record the footage. :no:

    I think it would've been way more disrespectful if the taliban being pissed on were still alive. :shrugs:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVhlmYtLFDU&feature=youtu.be MY FURLEY’S JUMPOFF AKA SUGA WALLS

    Mark my words when I tell yall they bout to set some shyt off

  • NaijaGal

    Who filmed this?

  • prynsexxx

    Torae says:

    It’s a WAR! what more do we expect?
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    I guess to "kill" and go home. All that OTHER stuff is not in the "rule" book. :nono:

    Matter of fact, I think I expect...SOMEBODY/ANYBODY to come out a "winner" in all of this. :shrug:

    :whistle:
    WAR!
    HUH!
    What is it good for?
    Absolutely NOTHING!

    What the hell are we fighting for?

  • Hershey

    I work for Uncle Sam, and some of the Soldiers here, have been on seven to eight deployments within ten years, twelve months or longer each time. Does that excuse this behavior? Not at all, but the stress part is true...military men and women are topping the divorce rate right now, this was really disgraceful :nono:

  • GAGIRL87

    Sometimes we forget we are all God's children this is sicken :no:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBrmhl70e38 Unpredictable

    :blink: Wow

  • caligirl

    MY FURLEY'S JUMPOFF AKA SUGA WALLS says:

    Mark my words when I tell yall they bout to set some shyt off

    :pray: they don't.....

    The ideology of Muslims is confusing to most and you can’t rationalize with them. They have moved to cybercrimes and the sad part is that work in alot of positions that have access to alot of government systems. Such as water systems, FAA....

  • Anna

    NaijaGal says:

    Who filmed this?

    ~~~~~~~~
    Someone that was stressed, big dummy.
    This is not our daddy's, or granddad war, we see water boarding, and prisoners on leashes. Civilians killed for no reason.

  • TPtotalpackage

    This doesn't make any sense. Regardless our troops should be held to higher standards this is a disgrace. What I do notice is that each of these fools is YT. Junior's Grandmama and dem taught him better than to desecrate a dead body. :coffee:

  • West Coast Chick

    those troops aint never coming home.....just not gonna happen :no: Obama said he was gonna send the troops home..folks believed him and elected him president....wonder what tactic he's gonna use this time :think:

    I also agree with BigCityGirl # 5...so true! Thats why you never see the the first kids over there fightin...ever

  • http://myspace.com/foxybrown411 LADYWOODS

    Let's just be real here. This was wrong no doubt, but let's not forget 911, or them dragging the dead bodies of OUR soldiers through the street, and hanging them up on a bridge, or them burning the U.S.flag.

  • Yall still crazy

    :pray: GOD help us #weareallhuman

  • http://youtu.be/rGrqW3nx5HM kimip84

    As a active duty military member, this video is disgusting and horrible. Us being stressed doesn't excuse this behavior. This makes all the troops look bad.

  • I Run New York

    "Let’s just be real here. This was wrong no doubt, but let’s not forget 911,"
    WTF? Does 9/11 have to do with these sick fools? You don't even know that the people they killed and pissed on had anything to do with that.

  • http://myspace.com/afiya00 Afiya

    My son just graduated from the 3rd Batallion this past November, he bet not do some crazy mess like this...stress or no stress. Totally disrespectful.

  • MzTee

    Montell needs to STHU. Stress has nothing to do with this act. This is outright disrespect of the dead.

    I agree that both sides have done horrible things because this is a war. However, these idiots not only desecrated the dead by urinating on them BUT they also allowed someone to videotape it. This just inflames other countries hatred of Americans and makes us all look bad.

    Those fools are headed for a court martial, dishonorable discharges, and jail. And, that's exactly what they all deserve.

  • cougar lover

    yall forgetting that the soldiers may have been doing some normal patrolling, and those corpses may have raodside bombed them. They not dead cuz they "friendly, YAAY America" Iraqi's. Stuff is always uncalled for when you walking around in gucci, driving benzes, being pampered. Think about the deplorable conditions these soldiers are exposed to in their persuit to defend America. Do not be quick to judge, before you completely understand why people take certain positions.

  • Tertra114

    Chile not everyone of them over there "defending our country" are upstanding citizens, some of them are only over there cause they had nothing to with thier lives so the army was a last resort (true story) so at the end of the day, some of them are just uneducated a$$hole men, being themselves, not to mention the the ones in charge are no better, and PLAESE i wish they would enstate a mandatory enlistment, my ass would be chilling in jail cause i ain't goin......i could see me now trying to put on 60 pounds of gear in 109 degree weather....

  • LaceFace

    As a Soldier who served two tours across seas I understand where Montell is coming from when he said "STRESS" rates of suicide amongst members of the National Guard has risen to higher numbers, as someone else said divorce rates are exceptionally high and some families are unstable because of the consistent relocation. I also agree with the .25% of the United States population being in the Military. You can't place all that pressure on individuals, but what he forgot to leave out was, the near impossible hoops that need to be jumped through now, in order for individuals to join any Armed Service.

    HOWEVER***** I do not agree with what these Soldiers done. It was against their Soldiers Creed and everything immoral. Lets stop making excuses for the ingorant acts of others. Its gotta stop.

    P.S.S. Soldiers have been pulled out of Iraq. There is always going to be a military presence in the area. Just like everywhere else we invaded... Germany, Korea, Japan.....

  • qtipthecat

    I'm sorry but as disrespectful and rude as this is, maybe one of these guys just took out a few of their friends. I guess cutting peoples heads off while they are still alive would be better.

  • qtipthecat

    @tertra114....109 is nothing. 138 when I was there last year. No joke.

  • lovinme

    Okay as a veteran who served in Iraq for anyone saying stress couldn't be a factor, how do you know that unless you have been there done that! The shit these young men have seen their comrades being blown up shot at yes that COMBAT stress can make u loss it!
    Is it right no but I can tell u this those Taliban terrorist fucks will drag a soldier through the street behead them and blow them up in this case these fucks were pissed on that's nothing compared to what they would do if that was a bunch of dead soldiers in the ground!

    Just my two cents ... Back to lurking

  • lovinme

    But again I personally wouldn't do it but sometimes combat stress can effect everyone different .. The only reason the government is honna make a big deal about this is because of the talks between the US forces the Taliban and the afghan government that they want to happen

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZFkp4d_tKA&feature=related Christi ain’t a killer… but don’t push me

    So... Shooting them and/or blowing them up is okay as long as they do not pee on them? Urinating on a dead or dying person is like a spit in the face. It's meant to show that you do not think anything of the person and they are garbage (or less) to you. Why train people to seek out and kill "enemies", but expect respect for the enemy. I am having an issue understanding why we believe there is such a thing as "civilized war". Very confusing.

  • free

    i don't blame the guys but i blame the dumbazz that took the pic. NOBODY SITTING IN THEIR HOMES HAS A RIGHT TO COMMENT ON THE ACTIONS OF PEOPLE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES IN WAR. THAT GOES BOTH WAYS: US > THEM AND THEM > US. that is all. :coffee:

  • free

    BigCityGirl says: I have a couple of uncles that went to war..they left young, decent and drug free. When they returned..they were TOTALLY different people…

    ****************************

    same here, in my family and hubby's family. hubby is still "dealing" with his brother and it's been 40 damn years.

  • BruhMan5th Flr

    So… Shooting them and/or blowing them up is okay as long as they do not pee on them? Urinating on a dead or dying person is like a spit in the face. It’s meant to show that you do not think anything of the person and they are garbage (or less) to you. Why train people to seek out and kill “enemies”, but expect respect for the enemy. I am having an issue understanding why we believe there is such a thing as “civilized war”. Very confusing.
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    In the end nobody wins a War :no:

  • BruhMan5th Flr

    Lovinme, I only have reservations about the Draft that he was suggesing. No one should be forced to fight for something they dont believe in......JMO