This is a topic that is being tossed all over the internet and then some. I’ve waited a little while to see what information would come in before I made any comments. Well, even at this point there will probably be several changes to the story, but I can’t resist any longer.
Some back story about Sgt. Robert Bales so far. He was an investment guy who’s business went south, which according to reports is when he joined the Army. In 2002 he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. A few years back he was charged with hit and run, but charges were dropped. Supposedly he was a model soldier who joined because he was inspired by events of 9/11. This seems to go against reports that he joined after a business went bad. Oh, he also has a string of commendations for good conduct. Good conduct is a laughable fact, because all you have to do is not get caught for your misdeeds and you get the medal…I know this for fact.
So, it seems like the story/excuse for him going “insane” was financial troubles and bushes with the law. Well join the club Sgt. Bales, a lot of people have financial problems and brushes with the law, yet don’t find it in them to massacre 16 people.
My guess is this. He was a pissy whiner at heart and couldn’t or wouldn’t muster up the guts to deal with his problems. He was pissed because he was on his fourth deployment to a war zone, and had recently had a fellow soldier wounded right in front of him. Then pile on the Koran burning incident and the resulting murders of six U.S. soldiers in retaliation. So, Sgt Bales was tossing a couple back and decided he was going to get a little payback, no matter who it was, just happens that civilians make easier targets.
Now the last I remember the military is all volunteer, re-enlistment is not mandatory. If he hated the repeated assignments to combat zones, I have this to say…he could have simply let his enlistment expire and returned to civilian life. Presto, no more combat.
But maybe there was something more sinister at work, maybe he went on a killing spree with the cold and calculated attitude that such an act would help hasten our departure from the country.
Well, no matter how it is spun by lawyers, shrinks, military brass, old classmates, politicians, the simple fact is this, he is a mass murderer. If he is found guilty, he should end up on a gurney with needles in his arms or an electric chair.
I have noticed one very odd thing. When a handful of Korans were burned, Afghanistan went nuts, riots, destruction and murder were rampant. Yet when 16 civilians, mostly women and children, were murdered…not one riot or any out of control chaos has been mentioned. Let’s you know what is really important in Afghanistan. It also lets you know what wasn’t important to Sgt. Bales, his wife and kids.