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
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.