Skip to comments.Afghanistan massacre suspect named as Sgt Robert Bales
Posted on 03/16/2012 3:53:49 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater
Senior US officials told the BBC the name of the suspect as he was heading back to the US to face charges. He is being flown to Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, from Kuwait. His lawyer, John Henry Browne, said on Thursday that the suspect was a 38-year-old man who had been injured twice while serving in Iraq. He also said the accused had witnessed his friend's leg blown off the day before the killings. That incident has not been confirmed by the US Army. The Taliban called off peace talks in the wake of Sunday's deadly rampage - in which men, women and children were shot and killed at close range. The US has stressed it remained committed to Afghan reconciliation. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also reacted angrily to the killings. He told the US it must pull back its troops from village areas and allow Afghan security forces to take the lead in an effort to reduce civilian deaths. On Friday he said the US was not fully co-operating with a probe into the killings.
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Excellant post..I hope there is a groundswell of outrage of how this soldier was and is being treated..as well as how the media is treating him and his family now.
Thank you for this post. You are all in our prayers.
Thank you for your service.
I contend there is plenty we still do not know.
You are so right and until we get a glimmer of truth about what really happened I’m going to wait, watch and pray for this fine SSgt and his family. Hasan not being in Ft. Leavenworth speaks volumes to me. SSgt Bales is there.....
Hasan was shot when he killed for allah. SSgt Bales shot because he was wounded by those who worship allah.
I understand what you're trying to say, but I think the Army is playing with the hand it was dealt by our government.
We've been told for nearly a generation that we need an army big enough to fight 2 wars, so what did it mean when they cut it from 18 divisions down to 10 and then decided to get into action in the bosnia, and then kosovo, and then Iraq and Afghanistan?
It meant the GOVERNMENT was insisting that the Army deploy and re-deploy the same troops OVER AND OVER AGAIN in the government's game of "how long can we drag out this war."
This is different than in WWII where the troops were activated for longer but weren't brought into and out of danger on one year rotations. They were in it to win it and when it was over it was over and they were home to stay home.
This is different than Vietnam in which troops were on a one year rotation, but many were draftees whose personal hell ended when they got home and got out.
This is our first "long-term rotation war." I can see that the mental toll on our troops is devastating.
At the same time, I'm waiting for more info on Sgt Bales' actions to come out as to what military reasons he might have thought he had for attacking that location at that time. Perhaps there are none, and perhaps he did have a melt-down, but I'm still waiting on judgement until I hear more from his defense team.
Steve thank you for supporting Sgt. Robert Bales on the silverstarfamilies.org. website.
I’ll be sending this wonderful organization a donation.
I agree with Smooth, the info coming out so far is all over the place and I'll reserve judgment also for reliable facts to surface. Prayers for Sgt. Bales and his family.
Vel, the info so far sounds somewhat like McJerk wrote 6 years ago but I'm pretty sure he's not involved and I doubt the little weasel has it in him to go to Afghanistan.
lol, bhfred.....you made me look up contend...thought I’d used it wrong! Give me a break! :-)
WHAT? This soldier just showed the way to victory.
Karzai saves the day?
Sorry I am actually not a truther. I was not aware speculation was out of line. I was just throwing it out there for what it was worth, because I was not there, I could not possibly know. Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer, I guess. I’m glad you are out there though, cause I get lonely sitting here by myself at the computer, just bouncing things off the inside of my own head.
I am so proud of you for your service and for stepping up and representing one of your Band of Brothers from Iraq. This is truly an act of a combat proven leader. Thank you for your service, your integrity and your leadership.
Know that you, your family and SSGT Bales and family are in our prayers. I am so grateful for the sacrifices that our military members and their families have made. I'm proud of the military for getting him out of the country and know that some careers may have been sacrificed for that effort.
This is a courageous act. I salute you for it.
Thankfully it only took me a few months to shake the “jumps” though I was quite a piece of work during my R&R leave!
Stay safe, brother.
The stone age “crap” was only referring to the natives of Afghanistan! China does what China does and I can’t help that. I hear Hong Kong is a wonderful place and BO’s brother must think so too. Haven’t you noticed that our natives are more dispendable lately, or not?
God Bless you both for your service. Thank you.
I'm sure many folks would like to know if SSG Bales is on the right or the left of the picture.
Yeah, that’s him.
Bales on the right, I’m on the left.
The administration has labeled the Ft. Hood terrorist a case of “workplace related violence” whereas they are branding this a warcrime.
The murder of a POW named Gaddafi was ALSO a warcrime yet Sec. of State Hillary Clinton laughed and said “we got him!”.
The administration encourages terrorist attacks to “avenge” this brutal attack. Their moral “outrage” is inconsistent and not based in morals.
It was clear that you had inside information from some prior posts, but I never dreamed the relationship was so close.
I've had some long discussions with my niece about not wanting to see her on FOX News someday as the “poster girl” for soldiers torturing people or shooting civilians. Let's just say the South Korean rules under which her father and grandfather served in the ROK Army allow far more leeway than the United States — “kimchi temper” is not a joke for Korean soldiers.
However, that's hypothetical. What you're dealing with is blunt force reality and I feel horrible for you.
Prayers for your wisdom and for Bales.