But there may, in fact, be an underlying systemic-issue at work here, far beyond, but likely related to, such bad behaviors. The feeling of at least one, previously-deployed, veteran military officer, convinced that those isolated acts, are not, categorically, the result of disciplinary failings by junior officers and NCO's, the Pentagon's current, dodge-ball target, but rather the fault of a decade of war, and its effect on young-troops, made worse by the cumulative-impact of repeated deployments and exposure to battlefield-brutality. Speaking to the psychological-stresses prolonged war-fighting can bring, this veteran officer said: Regardless of the degree of discipline imposed, "exposing people to years of bloody combat will inevitably manifest in the kinds of incidents we've seen, and even worse." Such indiscretions have existed in prior wars, but instant communication hasn't. And remember, too, the stress of death or serious injury, faced or witnessed, daily, by our troops. Blaming embarrassing episodes on a "few bad apples" is too simplistic. The real issue, despite honorable intentions, is the impact on the health and actions of young troops, stemming from seemingly endless war.