Skip to comments.Wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' (releases) statement
Posted on 03/19/2012 4:15:37 PM PDT by xzins
Karilyn Bales, whose husband, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of killing Afghan civilians, released this statement on Monday:
What happened on the night of March 11 in Kandahar Province was a terrible and heartbreaking tragedy.
My family including my and Bobs extended families are all profoundly sad. We extend our condolences to all the people of the Panjawai District, our hearts go out to all of them, especially to the parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents of the children who perished.
I know that all good people around the world, regardless of nationality, religion or political values, join me in grieving that such a terrible thing could happen.
Our family has little information beyond what we read and see in the media. What has been reported is completely out of character of the man I know and admire. Please respect me when I say I cannot shed any light on what happened that night, so please do not ask.
I too want to know what happened. I want to know how this could be.
I have no indication that my familys own safety is at risk, but I appreciate the efforts that have been undertaken to protect us. I hope there will soon be no reason for protection of families, whether here or in Kandahar Province, or anywhere, because the pain inevitably inflicted in war should never be an excuse to inflict yet more pain. The cycle must be broken. We must find peace.
I know the media has a right to pursue and report news. As you do your jobs, I plead with you to respect the trauma that I and my extended family are experiencing. Please allow us some peace and time as we try to make sense of something that makes no sense at all.
All I can do now is emphasize my sadness and my condolences to the families in Panjawai for their terrible loss. The victims and their families are all in my prayers, as is my husband who I love very much.
End of Statement
Pull em all out. I pray for this family, as with all families of our troops.
What this poor family must be going through I can only imagine. It has to be terribly difficult going about their daily business.
My heart grieves for the victims, the Sgt’s family and the Sgt. himself. He must have been in terrible mental pain for something like this to have been carried out by him.
In my opinion, her statement was succinct, classy, positive and careful not to assume the worst. In short, the kind of press release a good "military wife" ought to put out.
I was so impressed with the lines:
“we must find peace”
“my husband who I love very much”
Robert Bales married what we call in my neck of the woods “a keeper”.
I am certain this would have never happened if we had an adult in the White House.
An adult would be in the war to win it, and not to tie our soldier’s hands with outrageous rules of engagement.
Obama’s weak foreign policy is making us look like a weak and unreliable ally for ANY government counting on our support.
God bless this family. And God bless the families of any innocents killed in Afghanistan, too. I pray for them, as God loves them as well.
The consequences of having a weak foreign policy resonate for years—undoing the damage done by the current Occupier of the Oval Office will take a generation or more, and it will require a spiritual awakening here in the United States and in Asia.
Our military wives protect the homefront while their spouses protect the nation.
Without them morale would be abysmal.
The fact the military (or the WH) is keeping them in the dark is unforgivable.
WTF with the ‘protection’?
We must wonder if she is sending a message about the "protection" she is receiving.
This all needs to be laid at the feet of he who created the absurd Rules of Engagement in affect in Afganistan.
I’m confident that a large share of those slain presented themselves to this by their own actions.
The soldier is inocent until proven guilty.
>> “I am certain this would have never happened if we had an adult in the White House.” <<
A M E N !
Anyone know why the military sent out a search party to find Bales?
You'd think they could at least use the word “allegedly”.
Anyone know why the military sent out a search party to find Bales?
If he missed a muster, the go searching for him.
I still wonder was this “move” done to protect her—or more to make certain her husband would co-operate? Second to this how much is our own government now controlled by the very Islamic terrorists we are purportedly making the world safe from.
“An adult would be in the war to win it, and not to tie our soldiers hands with outrageous rules of engagement.”
Huh? Considering how the accused violated General Order #1 by consuming alcohol in a war zone, went AWOL off of his lightly manned FOB (thus putting his fellow soldiers at risk) and proceeded to murder unarmed men, women & children, the issue of ROE’s is superfluous. If guilty this creep should hang.
Thanks for posting this, xzins.
It’s difficult to imagine what Karilyn Bales, the family and SSgt. Bales are going through but Karilyn is a class act.
Prayers up for them all.
dear Lord, please let them feel your peace, your comfort.
Interesting. I don’t know what a muster is but can imagine. Thanks.
“We must wonder if she is sending a message about the “protection” she is receiving.”
I doubt very much that she would be getting any...
Behind the facade, the wife is undoubtedly terrified for her husband and their future. Her whole world is collapsing around her.
It's heartbreaking. You can imagine Sgt. Bales family and friends are broken, grieving, ill and apprehensive.
They deserve our sympathy and prayers.
You have no idea if any of what you just wrote is even true.
I had a soldier one night don camo, paint his face, and prowl our base because he believed he was a Delta operative.
Turns out it was some kind of adult onset psychosis.
I had another, a sergeant first class, who had an angel in a tree tell him to take over the preaching in a church that was meeting down the road. He walked in and tried to take over.
Again...adult onset psychosis.
What should we have done with them?
Until then, lets back off on the calls to hang this psycho, we would all be a lot better off here in the west if the muhammadans were extinct.
Interesting. I dont know what a muster is but can imagine. Thanks.
Sure, I was Navy and we would search the ship high and low when someone didn’t show up when they were supposed to. In this case, if someone saw him leave the base, they would send a search party out after him as well.
She is going through a terrible time.
I pray for her family and for her husband, that he is treated fairly.I hope he is receiving mental treatment.
“What should we have done with them?”
1) Disarmed them
2) Removed them from the battle space under guard
Keeping them in the FOB, armed, should be considered dereliction of duty.
Meanwhile, considering how the accused, when he straggled back on to base, surrendered, refused to answer questions & “lawyered up,” am somewhat skeptical of the psycho defense.
I can assure you that is not the case. Protection only. The media wolves that have surrounded their off base house and her work place proved it to be the right move.
Are you a f***ing idiot?
Presumption of innocence aside, why shouldn’t they hang both for cold blooded murder? What difference is there between the two??
This man and his family deserve our support and sympathy. From all I have heard and read, he should never have been returned to battle.
An adult would be in the war to win it, and not to tie our soldiers hands with outrageous rules of engagement.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Obama wants our fine troops to crack from over posting them.Thats a plus on his balance sheet. He wants a reason to exit Afghanistan with a taste of defeat in the mouths of our soldiers.Our army is just an instrument of oppression of minorities, according to the Ralph Wright liberation theology , of which Obama is a chief subscriber.
Obama avoids making a decison on policy. He withdraws Afghanistan ostensibly because our own military is at fault.
The rift is clear. Penetta was so skittish he recently asked that US Marines be disarmed in his presence in Afghanistan.
Our military is paying the price of Obamas personal theology and apologetic foolishness. Its a grift, a fascist grift, just as Gun Runner was in Arizona and New Mexico.Obama needs to be keel hauled in November.
It has Alinsky written all over it.
“Huh? Considering how the accused violated General Order #1 by consuming alcohol in a war zone, went AWOL off of his lightly manned FOB (thus putting his fellow soldiers at risk) and proceeded to murder unarmed men, women & children, the issue of ROEs is superfluous. If guilty this creep should hang.”
From your screen name I can tell you are one of those “goat guys” IE; a rag sympathizer...
The fact is; you know nothing of what went on. There’s nothing that’s more “special” about killing them than there is about them killing our brave men and women in combat. My vote would be to pull out and nuke the country killing all of them. Yes, that includes women and children... War is Hell.
When we exceed the number of innocents killed in 9-11, ping me...
I think we’re going to find that Robert Bales was not as squeaky clean as some reports.
His stock firm was judged guilty of unauthorized trading in a client account. Bales was hit with a #1.4 million judgement as a result. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted.
Color me dubious about this guy.
Oh, today he says he does not remember a thing.
Dear Lord, hold them all close in the safety of Your loving embrace.
Today, he says he has no memory of the night.
Also, now we learn he had a $1.4 million dollar judgement against him just before he enlisted.
Actually, I’d be inclined to give the soldier the benefit of the doubt and consider him innocent until proven guilty.
I’ve listened to those rights read to troops and they really do say “anything you say can AND WILL be used AGAINST you.”
So, I would also lawyer up right away. I would NEVER talk to CID. Ever. Or write or sign any statement. I would never advise any soldier to do so.
ROTFLMAO! Yeah because we’re going to win the war by murdering Afghani kids. Any other grand strategies you got up your sleeve there General?
Huh? Considering how the accused violated General Order #1 by consuming alcohol in a war zone, went AWOL off of his lightly manned FOB (thus putting his fellow soldiers at risk) and proceeded to murder unarmed men, women & children, the issue of ROEs is superfluous. If guilty this creep should hang.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The facts are not all in yet. You are curiously hard on this soldier. Why?
Do you not think that he should be given a little due process just as the Fort Hood Assassin was by Obama and his little command puppets? At least?
I say the jury is still out on this one , Cabron. Stay your hand for a few months yet.
And how do you know this? Seriously?
Do you even have a clue? I am a friend of the Bales. The most important thing we are telling people is:
The facts are NOT out. Please wait. Even the army hasn't stated what they know; to do so would be a violation of the UCMJ for the commanders on up.
There will surely be a serious investigation. Until then, do understand that not one thing you've cited are facts but rather here-say talk from unanimous sources propagated by the Dear Leader's liberal friends in media. They are desperately trying to ensure that no one points a single finger of blame at Obama, and certainly that the sheep doesn't question him.
At this moment, we haven't even been offically told that Bob has done ANYTHING.
Would that be his first enlistment or a subsequent enlistment?
KB, if I recall correctly has a habit of ignoring the presumption of innocence so I'd think it if a mental disorder is involved he'd ignore that also.
“So, I would also lawyer up right away. I would NEVER talk to CID. Ever. Or write or sign any statement. I would never advise any soldier to do so.”
The question is whether a soldier who is in the midst of suffering “adult onset psychosis” (your term) would be able to act in such a logical manner. That dog don’t hunt with this guy.
BTW, the man who he bilked says he never saw a penny of the $1.4 million.
And you know this how?
Oh yeah, you heard it on the News.
Well aren't you the little Miss Nancy Drew.
I'm so glad we have you to slueth for us.
“And how do you know this? Seriously?”
I would throw the question right back at you. According to Bales’ wife, she knows only what has been reported in the media - elements of which I mentioned. How is it you know more than the spouse?
Bush opened the door to moslems coming into this country. During "war" time. Obama IS a moslem.
That being said, the bad guys brought a couple of assassins into Iraq to get my nephew. That these people face a risk is not a question in my mind.