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You’d think a few days after having to apologize for bombing nine young boys to death, and after a decade of dealing death from the skies we’d have acquired the ability to not be so glib about such things:

“Welcome back, sir,” Petraeus said to Gates. This is Gates’ 13th trip to Afghanistan as Secretary of Defense.

The two men began walking.

“You returning to normal, you gonna launch some attacks on Libya or something?” Petreaus joked to Gates.

“Yeah, exactly,” Gates joked back.

But then there’s no real price to be paid for laughing about the deaths of others so a few Americans can feel better about themselves.