A video circulating of four U.S. Marines purportedly urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan characterized a "frat boy mentality" that is sure to set back American efforts to win hearts and minds and to bring the conflict in that country to an end, said CBS' Lara Logan.
"It's a gift for the Taliban, really, because it reinforces all of their propaganda," Logan said on "CBS This Morning." "They want the world to believe, they want Afghans to believe that the U.S. has no regard for the Afghan people and no regard for Islam. This video enforces that message of theirs, so it essentially does their job for them.
"The fact that U.S. Marine and U.S. soldiers have built mosques, for example, the length and breadth of Afghanistan, no one cares about that. That is not the image that will endure. This is the image that will endure and the damage is already done."
Logan said that the video will no doubt aid the Taliban's recruitment of new fighters to their cause.
"It's a stupid thing. It's the thing you expect them to do when they're out drunk and there's no excuse for it," Logan said. "They've unfortunately tarnished the image of every other Marine and soldier that's out there, and the other guys know this. They're all going to be mad at them for that."
Pentagon investigators have identified the four Marine in the video. "Anyone, anyone found to have participated or known about it, having engaged in such conduct must be held fully accountable," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
When asked by Charlie Rose what (beyond holding those directly involved accountable) the United States can do to assure the public that the actions depicted do not represent American values, Logan replied that the government's actions will reassure Americans and people in the West that they take this seriously, but that among the Afghan public, U.S. military justice will not matter.
"It doesn't really mean anything in Afghanistan if you bring charges or demote somebody's rank. No one's going to be hanging from a tree for this, and that's the kind of justice that they're used to in Afghanistan," she said.
"This is what nations need to think about: When you send your troops to war, there are unintended consequences. This is one of those unintended consequences," she told Rose. "It's not helpful to the U.S. in the rest of the world - and in the Islamic world particularly. The U.S.'s image in those parts of the world has already taken a pounding in the last ten years of war."
Watch Logan's take on the controversial video above.