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
That’s what his idiot attorney said. And we all know THEY lie, Sherlock!
Of course a guy who thinks he’s a delta operative would think to lawyer up. It’s part of the play that’s being enacted. But, that’s another discussion.
We don’t really have any idea what the circumstances were. We don’t know that “lawyered up” is an accurate description.
During the aftermath of Haditha EVERYTHING that was said had happened was eventually turned on its head. Initial sensationalism proved to be nothing like the truth.
“WTF with the protection?”
Because there are a bunch of crazy assed muzzies that would love to make a name for themselves by taking out this guys family.
That is an excellent, thoughtful, well-written statement from Mrs. Bales.
THE DOCTOR IS IN THE HOUSE!
A spokesman for the Defense Department called the shooting an "isolated and tragic case", and Defense Secretary Robert Gates pledged that his department would do "everything in its power to help the Fort Hood community get through these difficult times." The chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, and numerous politicians, expressed condolences to the victims and their families.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated "we object toand do not believethat anti-Muslim sentiment should emanate from this ... This was an individual who does not, obviously, represent the Muslim faith." Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. said "I'm concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers ... Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think thats worse."
Thank you for your service, xzins, and for what you wrote.
During WWII and Korea, my mother held things together so well, and built from there, that when Daddy returned from the war, every aspect of their lives was greatly improved. They’re gone now, but the fruit of their labor and love lives on. My brothers and I feel so blessed that the Lord chose us to be their children.
My heartfelt prayers go out for the Bales family.
Please read Future Snake Eater’s posts on this thread before saying anymore.
May God give us strength.
Reading the transcripts of the 60 Minutes interview with Wuterich eliminated any presumption of innocence in my mind. His pleading guilty to negligent dereliction of duty should do the same for you.
I basically already said THAT. We. do. not. know. what. happened.
Apparently, you do. Or am I wrong?
Except, you're willing to believe what ever the Friends of Barack say.
Look, seriously, I really don't care about you or your opinion, but for the sake of being a FReeper, which means you're not part of the knee-jerk liberal side of things, get a grip. Wait for the truth to come out. You'll eventually get it on this web site. Then, if what you say is the truth, I'll join your caterwauling, ok?
This was an open and heartfelt statement by his wife. How devestated she and all their families must be. From everything that we’ve heard about his personality, etc, this sounds 180 degrees out of phase with his character.
When the attorney, Browne, talked briefly to him out of country, he indicated SSGt Bales was not aware of what had happened or the facts surrounding the events. Today, after talking in person with him, Atty Browne confirmed that Bales has no memory of anything that happened. He has memory of earlier in the day, but nothing of this attack.
A tragedy for so many, thanks for posting, I’d not have read it if you hadn’t
“We dont really have any idea what the circumstances were. We dont know that lawyered up is an accurate description.”
Agreed. We’re simply going off of the most recent news reports. There seems to be video recording of his return to his FOB. Hopefully that will be released at some point to at least clarify the circumstances of his return.
You are one funny person. You could take that act on the road.
Are you sitting at the TV with your stenographer pad? Ready to record all the “facts” those charming nice smiley people spout?
You're paraphrasing what you heard, not what was said.
Bobby went into the army after 9/11. What did you do? Video tape the TV news? Take transcripts?
I saw it days ago.
I understand that as many as seven other people and entire companies are charged with the same bilking crime, and that Bales was employed as a financial advisor.
As a Stryker SSG, Bales would have required, at a minimum, a full SECRET security clearance.
All of this would have been impossible to hide in the security investigation, so I’d guess that he worked for a company that engaged in bad practices.
Just a guess. Joining the army generally is not the decision of choice for someone with a million bucks stashed away someplace.
He’s not posting on this thread. And what are you suggesting?
>> Reading the transcripts of the 60 Minutes interview with Wuterich eliminated any presumption of innocence in my mind.
With peers like you, who needs juries...
Please refrain from dumping your misguided slop as if it’s relevant.
Let's not stop there, lets nuke Cuba too, screw the civilians hopelessly trapped in that communist state.
As neither you nor I have any way to know what this man has lived through in four tours of combat in two war zones, WE have NO right to pronounce judgement of this man. It is MY opinion, as a parent of a combat soldier, that, given this administration's lack of support for this war, NONE of our soldiers should continue to be placed in the position of fighting against an invisible enemy for a populace that has no interest in freedom or liberty.
Bales was a co-founder of the company, IIRC.
Since I work in the field I do have some first handle knowledge of the protocol.
No one is suggesting Bales ever had any money, just that he had a $1.4 million dollar judgement that unsurprisingly was not paid. In and of itself, it means nothing, but I suspect the glowing accounts of Sgt. Bales may have a flip side.
Now that is just silly.
Nuke southern Florida. And they can stay in coo-ba.
You simply never followed the case the way the Haditha ping list did.
Wuterich made very clear that he meant he should not have said "shoot first and ask questions later".
AND he explained that he did not mean by that anything other than that his Marines should protect themselves.
>> the bad guys brought a couple of assassins into Iraq to get my nephew.
I don’t recall this outrageous fact.
I know he is not posting here, that is why I sent you the links to the thread he posted some time ago.
I, and I think others on this thread are only asking that you might consider reading what fellow FReeper who served with Sgt. Bales has to say before rushing to judgement on what you have heard or read in the media.
May God guide our course.
A trap was set.. He was probably set up. The scary part is WHICH SIDE set him up for the mutual objective of exiting Afghanistan? He doesn’t sound like a man who would sacrifice the safety of his family to help get himself and possibly his fellow soldiers out of Afghanistan.
That bonehead is clueless.
You are so right, SoFloFreeper! Barack Hussein Obama, who is afraid of the word “victory,” is responsible for this tragedy.
Thank you. I know your intention is good and I take it as such.
Like everyone else, i am confused and I suspect answers are years away, if ever.
It was more than one individual and more than one company that were part of the same charges.
Sounds to me like all the details aren’t on the table.
You’re mistaking not giving Bales the benefit of the doubt with casting judgement. His friends and family will naturally lean towards the former. Those of us who are not within that tragic circle will take our own counsel with the info at our disposal.
At the very least you don’t help your case when you ask for understanding since he had been deployed as much as he had. If he’s innocent of the charges what relevance does that have? He either killed unarmed men women and children in the dead of night or he didn’t.
Hard to believe he’s really a conservative Freeper.
No doubt. All of this is early. Like many, I want answers but know they are unlikely to come soon.
I can only tell you this as second-hand. But the person who told me would have no reason to tell me anything concerning the nephew that wasn’t true.
Dead women and children are not the issue. They are apparently dead by some means or other.
The issue is innocent until proven guilty.
>> That is an excellent, thoughtful, well-written statement from Mrs. Bales.
Yeah, I agree.
It’s amazing how a message like this from Mrs. Bales can get out into the World. This would have not been possible years ago.
Thanks for posting, xzins.
That’s under the assumption he was telling the truth. Again, from the 60 Minutes transcripts as well as the investigation itself, I don’t believe him. Regardless he admitted guilt, was punished and is now nothing more than an asterisk of the Iraq War.
The door has been open since Ellis Island...long before Bush was ever born.
No worries man. We are the trash.
don’t think so. put on your thinking cap.
. Something you should pay close attention to. You don't have all the information regarding this case. As for my comment regarding multiple deployments, and not knowing what he has lived through prior to this incident, that should be self-explanatory. Mitigating circumstances are not used to assauge guilt. They are used to apply the appropriate sentence for the actions leading to the charges and subsequent trial (which has NOT yet taken place). The fact that you are ready to put a noose around his neck and throw the other end over a sturdy branch of the nearest approrpriate tree is telling.
Actually, he didn’t admit guilt. He admitted guilt to a particular, lesser charge called negligent dereliction of duty, and that was related to the “shoot first questions later” scenario. If precision is to be the standard, then let’s be precise.
There was nothing in the interviews that was different.
At no place does he admit rampaging through buildings indiscriminately killing Iraqis he knew to be innocent civilians.
Wrong, murder is murder, americans do not do that. We executed 160 GI’s during WWII, not counting the ones shot in the act, so why should this clown be treated better.