Not that terrorists don't deserve to be drawn and quartered but as Americans, we can't afford to give up the higher ground. Every time we press the standards of the Geneva Conventions or stretch the rules of how we can treat prisoners, we lose more of the moral high ground to tell someone else, "Hey, what you are doing is wrong!"
The back of the card states this
________is a Marine.
1 Obey the Law
2 Lead by Example
3 Respect Themselves and Others
4 Maintain a High Standard of Integrity
5 Support and Defend the Constitution
6 Uphold Special Trust and Confidence
7 Place Faith and Honor Above all Else
8 Honor Fellow Marines, The Corps, Country and Family
Not one place on that card gives them leeway to do something that they might consider morally wrong. It takes a special type of person to become a Marine, it's no walk in the park, these are regular flawed human beings who are trying to live up to a perfect example, by choice. Most people join the Marines for a reason, they're trying to live up to some higher standard or principle that they've seen portrayed. I've noticed that people who join and can't live up to those standards don't last long or longer then one enlistment.