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
Insightful post and well deserved!!
How many people have been prosecuted when women and children were killed in airstrikes?
Thanks for the ping, Chaplain.
Karilyn Bales is a standup gal, Sgt. Bales is fortunate to have her in his corner. Prayers for them both and the whole family.
Back to SSGt Bales......katiedidit1 brought up effect of drugs being prescribed for PTSD, pain, etc. As soon as I heard SSGt Bales had no knowledge of what happened, it got me wondering about the possibility of the influence of drugs (prescription type). I’ve heard reports of troops been prescribed a cocktail of drugs for PTSD/depression/anxiety whatever with no real oversight from a doctor in the field, AND being kept on active duty.
There are some serious flaws in how our military handles mental health issues, especially in the field.
It has to be heartbreaking for his loved ones to try to understand what might have happened.
Amen and AMEN!
“ROTFLMAO! Yeah because were going to win the war by murdering Afghani kids. Any other grand strategies you got up your sleeve there General?”
Franky were going to win the war against Muslims by killing them. That’s how it’s done in a war.
I agree that more could be done by way of mental health treatment for troops. One group I was part of had it’s own group Chaplain (me) and a group Psychologist and our own doc.
It was a great team, and our Psych, a real human being, knew when to back off and when to push.
The real culprit in my mind, though, is how we fight wars in this year long rotation between terror and normalcy. WWII was the last war the US fought correctly....all out until unconditional surrender of the enemy.
It is not humane to give a troop a year long rest between assignments in an 11 year war. It is a prescription for the mentally sound to become borderline, for the average to become incapacitated, and for the borderline to become psychotic.
When a person is deliberately driven insane by an insane, non-citizen ‘president,’ the only guilty person is said ‘president.’
To the best of my knowledge and the most recent news reports...
...the investigation has not been completed and no formal charges have been brought against SSgt. Bales or anyone else.
This was exactly the situation when John Murtha started shooting off his mouth about “and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.”
...and so it is with the Murtha lovechild.
KB really needs to be voted off the ‘island.’
His hatred of our military knows no bounds; he needs to be the whiner without a country.
>> “Wuterich plead guilty...” <<
Not to anything you’ve accused him of.
“Let’s not stop there, lets nuke Cuba too, screw the civilians hopelessly trapped in that communist state.”
First of all. Afghanistan is not a communist state, and we are not at war with Cuba...
Are you stupid or do you just play a stupid person on TV?
>> “I have never seen a freeper who was such a fan of those pinkos.” <<
KantianBurke is one of them. Just browse through his posting history.
This is reminiscent of Murtha shooting his mouth off in the Haditha case.
I can’t believe all the info coming out on this incident and much of it conflicting when SSgt. Bales hasn’t even been charged. There’s little doubt he will be but the people releasing this info to the media should be nailed because he does have a presumption of innocence.
The Murtha lovechild looks like he crawled back under his rock, it’s where he belongs.
>> “Are you stupid or do you just play a stupid person on TV?” <<
Hot is always posting inane nonsense here; comic relief is the only way to look at Hottie.
This is so disturbing. Being a wife, knowing a little bit above nothing and having to depend on what the media reports. Why would the media receive info before the wife does? This is wrong.
Prayers for Karilyn and her family.
Thanks for the link!
His hatred of our military knows no bounds; he needs to be the whiner without a country.
Agreed...You've cut to the core of the problem.
I can't imagine how a doctor would give a man with part of his foot missing and brain trauma a green light to go back on a fourth tour in the war zone. It is heartwrenching
He is a bit of a loon isn’t he..
What in the blazes does that have to do with what Sgt Bales is being accused of? Apples/oranges.
If I owed $1.4M, I'd off myself not someone else.
Come on dad! Can't we keep him??? PLEASE?
It certainly seems that way to me. It's speculation on my part, but it sure seems like pressure is being brought to bear to zip this up quick. Something about this whole thing just stinks.
Maybe the army works quicker than the Marines, but it does seem quick for an incident this significant.
When do you leave for your fourth tour of duty, with your foot shot in two, a brain injury, and 24 hours after the death of your best friend? How many commendations like Bales do you have, for saving lives of other soldiers, jerk?
Go lay your self righteous judgmental BS you spew from your safe perch in the basement of your mom’s house at someone else’s feet you pious pacifist. You know squat of this man’s courage nor lamentable condition.
Sadly, I cannot.
ObaMao's military has yet to bring the Ft. Hood murderer to justice, expecting us all to feel sorry for him because someone might have called him a name, made him feel guilty over getting a promotion he did not deserve or not allowed him to sufficiently pursue his jihad on company time.
Meanwhile, they will be throwing the book at a guy who actually worked under really stressful conditions and snapped.
It's all UCMJ, so the way it goes is about the same in the Army as it is in the Marines.
Surprisingly, the New York Times has a pretty balanced report on what we should expect to see unfold in the coming days.
This action by Bales seems so out of character from what I’ve read..I believe he had a mental breakdown of some sort..I know his family and friends are suffering, too..
This was a tragic event..War is hell.
Prayers for all.
What a childish statement. One at is an act of war, the other is not. You no sort of like rock is not an apple and an apple is not a rock.
What a childish statement. One is an act of war, the other is not. You know sort of like a rock is not an apple and an apple is not a rock.
Let the full and complete truth come out, including everything about Obama.
Color be dubious about selective reporting from the drive-bys, the same folks who made sure we all knew about every sin committed by Joe the Plumber.
I wonder, is that moslem prick who massacred those folks in Ft. Hood in ISOLATION in Ft. Leavenworth like SSgt Bales?
If not, WHY NOT!!??
You assume he did everything the media has said, short of murder, already. Do you really trust the media to do the right thing by this man, like they would for someone not white and not in the military? I don’t.
Any kin to the banned Burkeman1?
Funny I don’t hear of riots all over Afghanistan after this supposed massacre. Why not? Doesn’t that seem odd? Is this supposed crime worse than Abu Ghraib? Koran burning? How did muslims act after that came out? There are so many things that don’t make sense with this case. Something is not adding up here.
Pardon me, I don’t wish to hijack the thread, but when was the last time we heard about Soviet and later Russian war crimes during the WWII, and in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Georgia, or about Cuban war crimes in Africa? You say, there weren’t any, you say we are better than that?! In war, I say, we are all scumbags, and let’s trash this relativism. We let the Russkies and the Cubans get away with it, let’s deal with that first! I mean, let’s deal with US letting others getting away with genocide.
Myself, I would find very small comfort in knowing that agents of the Obama administration were "protecting" me.
The military brass has to share some of this responsibility if they kept sending this man again, again, again, and again back to combat operations. Hell, WWII veterans were put through a 4 year war, this guy was put though a 10 year war.
Having John Henry Browne as his attorney will assure that this case is going to take a long time to prosecute; and no one should underestimate Browne’s skills as an advocate.
Just look at all the crimes committed by the Barefoot Bandit and he only got 6 1/2 years.
No matter what SSG Bales may or may not have done, Mrs. Bales is among the victims of this nightmare.
We'll know more in time as the investigation continues and more facts come out. I'm much more confident in the military court system than civilian courts in most cases.
19 posted on Monday, March 19, 2012 6:49:27 PM by jazusamo: “Thanks for posting this, xzins. Its 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.”
You make a good point. We can’t even admit that Turkey murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians.
I don’t know Kari that well, I only met her at the military ball we had post-Iraq (and maybe one other time). Alas Babylon knows her pretty well and Kaylee Frye (my wife) had the opportunity to hang out with her a few times while we were deployed.
She struck me as a great lady. I hope she and her family weather this storm.
ok...so the theory is he had some sort of mental collapse?
I can’t imagine what would drive someone to point weapons at innocent children.
This is so horrifying.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.