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Excerpt: "Sixteen Afghan civilians have been killed, in their homes, under our protection. One man acting alone we are quick to say. And it's probably true. An Army of one. But that one man is one of us."

Afghans burn an effigy of Barack Obama during a demonstration against Sunday's shooting of at least 16 villagers by a U.S. Army staff sergeant, 03/13/12. (photo: Reuters)
Afghans burn an effigy of Barack Obama during a demonstration against Sunday's shooting of at least 16 villagers by a U.S. Army staff sergeant, 03/13/12. (photo: Reuters)



We Sent Him

By Benjamin Busch, The Daily Beast

16 March 12

 

ixteen Afghan civilians have been killed, in their homes, under our protection. One man acting alone we are quick to say. And it’s probably true. An Army of one. But that one man is one of us.

There will be official statements, medical conjecture, military analysis, political showmanship, and protest. We will learn the facts over time, everyone hurrying to rule out abject senselessness with a justification of one kind or another. Posttraumatic stress and brain injury will be broadly blamed and we will hope that it is only something as terrible as that. We will become procedural in order to avoid being emotional. This will happen because this is how we respond to world events, but what is important now is what this one stunning occurrence means to our national soul.

The Taliban, our enemies, the group that justified our invasion of Afghanistan by harboring Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, have vowed revenge. The very men who have a brutal record of torture, barbarous treatment of women, murder, and terrorism have found in this massacre of families a way to claim righteous indignation. It is here where we have no defense. Our moral character is built on the emphatic claim that we defend the innocent, that we and our allies are just. We have tried with tremendous sacrifice to prove it: 1,787 Americans brought home from the valleys of Afghanistan to be buried, 15,460 wounded there … and now this.

In a land where trust is hard won, this betrayal will echo. Our president and commanders have apologized. The military necessarily speaks with humble resignation when civilians are killed because it knows that when villages are battlefields, collateral casualties are unavoidable. Afghans have simply come to expect tragedy. But these fatalities were not the result of an official operation, not an accident justified by the presence of an enemy. President Obama has said that “This incident does not represent the exceptional character of our military,” which is true except that our military is represented by this incident. The killer wore an American flag on his shoulder, a soldier of the rank and file, and by that symbol our military is colored by his act, and so are we. We cannot distance ourselves from him because we sent him there.

These Afghan children, the oldest being 12, were born into uncertainty and had lived their whole lives in a war we brought upon them, killed finally by a soldier we sent to protect them. This man, an American, was able to seek them in their sleep, shoot and stab them, and burn them in their blankets. Children the age of his own. Murderers exist without war, but because this act took place in war it makes him a war criminal, and it indicts the nation he serves. We know who threw the first stone, but history will judge us by how we throw the last one.

I commanded Marines in Iraq and I was responsible for every bullet my unit fired. The war was fought in villages, on farmland, in cities, and through homes. We endangered ourselves by how carefully we tried to avoid causing harm to noncombatants, but they lived in the crossfire and I have seen people cry for sorrows I had a hand in delivering. I cannot restore the dead, and I will not forget them.

Our wars have long haunted veterans who have survived their survival. I was born in the year of the Tet offensive, my parents protestors, but we have learned few lessons from that conflict. Civilian casualties were staggering. 700,000 men were drafted, most sent against their will to fight in the jungles, returning home to be vilified for serving the nation that sent them. Many have taken their own lives in part because of the lives they’ve taken and for those they’ve seen lost. The conflict is now known as a taxing lost cause, a mistake, the sufferings of our soldiers pointless, our view of the enemy never sensible. It was a war made by the generation that prides itself on its clean moral victory over fascism in World War II, but that war was ended by dropping atomic bombs on families.

We seem not to notice how linear our world perspective is. What we call the Vietnam War the Vietnamese call the American War. Veterans of Vietnam see all the same signs in Afghanistan and have long been vocal opponents of our deepening involvement.  We would do well to ask them how we should feel right now.

In their oath of vengeance, the Taliban called us “sick-minded American savages.” We will be afraid to call our soldier mad, to admit that he lost his mind in war. This allows for the possibility that any one of us could go insane at any time, and that every veteran poisoned by their combat experience could be on edge for life. And some will be. The mind keeps our morality in balance, reminds us of learned social consequences, keeps rage and other primal instincts civilized. In many ways our ethical stability is preserved by our sense of community, security, and home. War takes all of those elements away, immerses the military in danger, and makes its members vulnerable to an involuntary loss of self-control. What is truly surprising is how rarely these acts of madness occur and how powerfully most veterans preserve their humanity.

Experts will try to find a cause to blame: fatigue, injury, disassociation, derangement, leadership, agreeing finally that all leave the act inexcusable, but we have to believe that we are in some way responsible, and feel regret. The cause may be our mission in Afghanistan and we might ask if that is a noble cause, something we believe in enough to invest so much life and produce so much death. What happens in the lives of others has yet to upset us where we live, and that has made these wars something that somehow does not include us here. Therein lies the danger in national disinterest. Do we have an honest collective emotional reaction to efforts that do not reach deep into our days and take something from us? Distant events stir little public empathy and we are a people known more and more for our selfish distractions than for our awareness. We will want to say that war estranged this soldier from our society, but there is much evidence that our society is completely disconnected from his war. This rampage far from us is part of what should be a much larger discussion about who we are now and what our wars mean. This act of one man is not allowed the convenience of being isolated, unrepresentative of our “deep respect for the people of Afghanistan.” President Karzai stated, “When Afghan people are killed deliberately by U.S. forces this action is murder and terror and an unforgivable action.” He is careful not to mention accidental deaths which have been tolerated as inevitable. We might consider this as we think about why we keep sending service members into situations in which they cannot be forgiven for what could occur.

We will put our children to sleep in our homes tonight, safe from wars, free to dream. We might take a moment to imagine what it would be like to lose our entire family, tonight, to a policeman, and wonder aloud what apologies would be worth.

 

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+55 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-16 13:51
"The Taliban, our enemies, the group that justified our invasion of Afghanistan by harboring Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, have vowed revenge."

The Taliban offered to turn over Bin Laden if we provided evidence of his guilt, or to turn him over to a courtroom in a neutral country if we didn't. Bush turn them down on both counts. How does that equate to "harboring"?

Just more deceptive propaganda from the evil empire.
 
 
+42 # Activista 2012-03-16 16:34
Obama has said that “This incident does not represent the exceptional character of our military”
I disagree - "This incident DOES represent the criminal character of our military”
Kill, kill, kill
 
 
+11 # Anarchist 23 2012-03-16 21:36
Quoting bluepilgrim:
"The Taliban, our enemies, the group that justified our invasion of Afghanistan by harboring Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, have vowed revenge."

The Taliban offered to turn over Bin Laden if we provided evidence of his guilt, or to turn him over to a courtroom in a neutral country if we didn't. Bush turn them down on both counts. How does that equate to "harboring"?

Just more deceptive propaganda from the evil empire.

Go you one further: OBL never did 911-unless he had the ability to melt steel with jet-grade kerosene-and that's the realm of magick, folks-becuase if that can be done-how come all those steel workers needed blast furnaces-includ ing the Chinese who used them to melt the neatly severed 20'foot remains Ghouliani so quickly shipped off? The Taliban are terrible that is true, but 911 was an inside job-or Lord Voldemort and his DeathEaters are ranging free (Cheney is probably one of them-the Man Without a Heart-our First Zombie)
 
 
+5 # Observer 47 2012-03-17 11:08
Good for you for saying this, Anarchist. I absolutely believe you speak the truth.
 
 
+10 # Erdajean 2012-03-16 23:09
All our childhood nightmares are capped by this unspeakable reality: the monster is out there, alive, and killing sleeping children -- and he is US. And beyond that, knowing it, we cannot find the power to stop him.
The most damning thing yet -- we refuse to recognize what -- or who -- keeps feeding him, or to do what MUST be done about it. Which means, as a people, we are guilty as hell.
Don't tell ME, friends, "Vote Obama." I did that once and now my own grandchild is over there. expected to shoot. There is no nightmare that can touch it. I would far rather be among the victims.
 
 
+8 # Smiley 2012-03-17 10:30
"We know who threw the first stone, but history will judge us by how we throw the last one." Yep, It was us that threw the first stone at the Taliban...and they were "harboring" the Ben Laden and Al Qaeda we helped to create to fight the Soviets.
 
 
+2 # Observer 47 2012-03-17 11:10
BRAVO, Smiley!
 
 
+20 # Richard Raznikov 2012-03-16 15:05
What kind of monster would prosecute this war against a largely unarmed and helpless people?

http://lookingglass.blog.co.uk/2012/03/16/war-is-hell-13191312/
 
 
+5 # Activista 2012-03-16 16:31
"highly decorated" combat veteran - American Hero
 
 
+15 # RMDC 2012-03-16 17:56
This reads like the ramblings of some terribly confused person. There are so many facts that are just wrong. And so many generalizations that are platitudes and stupid. How about this --

"An Army of one. But that one man is one of us."

Oh right! The army of one bit is part of the army's advertising campaign. It has no meaning other than to fool 18 year olds into signing up. As for being one of us, I doubt that Bales is one of us. Most of us were and still are against the wars and the whole GWOT. We would support the troops when they come home and are out of combat -- something the military does a very poor job of. We don't support the troops when they are in Afghanistan killing people. They are on their own over there.

It seems pretty likely that Sgt Bales lost his mind in the war. I've read that 18 vets per day attempt suicide. They've also lost their minds. War kills the minds of lots of people. The Taliban are right about this (though I don't support the Taliban at all). The Americans are insane to go over to Afghanistan with such lethal weapons and kill god only knows how many people.

This is just too idiotic to respond to -- "It was a war made by the generation that prides itself on its clean moral victory over fascism in World War II, but that war was ended by dropping atomic bombs on families."
 
 
+6 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-16 18:46
By the way -- here's more on Syria (story, with a video):

http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2012/03/al-qaeda-and-us-nato-special-forces-ground-syria
Al Qaeda and US-NATO Special Forces on the Ground in Syria
by grtv
...
 
 
+3 # Activista 2012-03-17 07:40
http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2012/03/al-qaeda-and-us-nato-special-forces-ground-syria
"MI6 and CIA operatives are there," he stated during an interview with RT. "This is from their own sources, incidentally, it's not hearsay, it is actual fact. British special forces have met up with members of the Free Syrian Army and they are training members of the Free Syrian Army from a base in Turkey. British MI6 operatives have reportedly been training the rebels in urban warfare"
The Obama/Cameron attack on Syria with AlKaida - Gruesome images from the sites showed what appeared to be smoldering bodies in two separate vehicles, a wrecked minivan smeared with blood, and severed limbs collected in sacks.
At least 27 people were killed and 140 wounded, ... looks like Reagan Freedom Fighters in Afghanistan.
 
 
+14 # cadan 2012-03-16 20:54
In a way you are certainly right: if there were any kind of meaningful vote on the war against Afghanistan it would have ended long ago. And of course the GWOT never made sense. We the people are no more the cause of these latter day crusades than the people of Dresden were responsible for the concentration camps and WW II in Europe.

But on the other hand, from the perspective that the American people are responsible for the acts committed in their name---and this perspective will certainly be held by many outside the country---there 's a lot of coherence to Busch's piece.

Bales is the picture of America---of us---to many. The wars against Iraq and Afghanistan are being fought by the children of the generation that managed to stop the war against Viet Nam. And although stopping concentration camps in Europe was unquestionably good (they certainly might have been used to murder 10s of millions of Slavs, for example, even though we were too late to stop the Holocaust), the end of the war with the incineration of 100s of thousands via atomic weapons was, it looks like, unnecessary, and so an act of great evil.

So i think Busch gives at least a starting point for a wider group of people to see our evil.

And if we don't have a wider group of Americans really feeling how evil it is, we will proceed along the same path until we destroy ourselves.
 
 
+11 # Ralph Averill 2012-03-17 00:21
Ramblings of some terribly confused person? Perhaps a very guilty person as well?
"I commanded Marines in Iraq and I was responsible for every bullet my unit fired."
That's a lot of weight to carry around. Maybe these ramblings are Mr. Busch's attempt to lighten that load. If it is, I hope it works.
In Sgt. Bales' case add fear and anger to the psychic weight. Fear of death and the anger at being told his four deployments to Iraq were it; he was done; no more deployments, and then being ordered to Afghanistan. Being jerked around doesn't begin to describe it. Sgt. Bales aimed his gun at the wrong people.
I weep for Sgt. Bales. I weep especially for his wife and children. How does that poor woman tell her young children why Daddy isn't coming home? Who is helping her to cope, to keep putting one foot in front of the other? She must feel, terribly, horribly alone.
I need to take a long walk right now.
Have a nice day.
 
 
+6 # Muffy787 2012-03-17 06:52
I agree with Ralph, he shows a kindness and understanding most people don't have. I grieve for the whole family, a good life lost because the monsters that started this war did not begin a draft and kept sending these poor war weary men back again and again. He had lost half a foot and had trauma to his head and they sent him back to the war zone a 4th time. I
cry to think that this man will get the death penalty or spend the rest of his like in prison. I voted for Obama and this is the only thing I am unhappy with, GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN
tomorrow. We need a woman president.
 
 
+4 # John Locke 2012-03-18 07:50
Muffy: I am against a draft, we did that for Vietnam, and it caused many good and moral american kids to leave the country and seek refuge in canada. The answer instead should be an end to wars of choise. and prosecute Bush and Chaney for the lies that began it
 
 
+5 # Dumbledorf 2012-03-16 20:08
WE NEED TO LODGE A CORRECTION TO THIS STORY: JUST IN FROM THE PANJWAI NETWORK NEWS IN AFGHANISTAN UP TO 20 U.S. TROOPS PERFORMED THE MASSACRE. REPEAT NO ONE MAN DID THIS ACCORDING TO AFGHAN NEWS SERVICE!
THIS STORY IS NOT RELIABLE, NOR IS THE COMMENTARY. PLEASE GOTO http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2012/03/15/20-us-troops-executed-panjwai-massacre-probe
 
 
+7 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-17 10:36
I've seen some other reports saying there was more than one, but I don't htink either version is nailed down completely yet. Maybe one guy went nuts, maybe a squad went nuts, or maybe it was a deliberate raid -- maybe by a commander that went nuts (more than usual).

It's still basically the same story: 'innocent people massacred by insane imperialists' -- and that's a very old story in general. So is an empire trying to scapegoat and spin such destruction.
 
 
+2 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-17 13:44
I just saw this -- one more voice along the lines of what you posted:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29829
America's "Lone Gunman" in Afghanistan: "I Did It"...
by Joe Giambrone
Global Research, March 17, 2012
[...]

While one is contemplating how 'truth' is portrayed, also see:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29830
SYRIA: Media Accuses Syrian Government of Collaborating with Al Qaeda. How the Media Refutes its own Lies and Fabrications
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
[...]
Global Research, March 17, 2012
 
 
+1 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-17 20:23
I'm seeing more reports on this. Looking more and more like a US cover-up.

One is
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30844.htm
Up to 20 US Troops Behind Kandahar Bloodbath – Afghan Probe
By RT

March 18, 2012 "RT" --- An Afghan parliamentary investigation team has implicated up to 20 US troops in the massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar early on Sunday morning. It contradicts NATO's account that insists one rogue soldier was behind the slaughter.

­The team of Afghan lawmakers has spent two days collating reports from witnesses, survivors and inhabitants of the villages where the tragedy took place.

[...]
 
 
+1 # John Locke 2012-03-18 08:16
Dumbledorf: I read the post, very good. everyone should...and from it i should repeat "President Hamid Karzai on Thursday asked the US to pull out all its troops from Afghan villages in response to the killings." the people are threatening to declare us an occupying force and that means an esculation...wi th more US deaths...it is past time to get out...
 
 
+11 # pres 2012-03-16 22:07
Gotta surround the real prize of oil-rich Iran. Makes attacking them all the more effective. Also controlling a country adjacent to China will help the western war lords and their Zionist banking. It's all about money. Human rights issues are just an excuse to justify their murders.
 
 
+18 # sharag 2012-03-16 22:50
"take a moment to imagine what it would be like to lose our entire family, tonight, to a policeman"

Your not wrong on this point. The way we're militarizing our police and with the Occupy movement and all the discontent we will be seeing in this country from our corporate wars, this scenario could be a reality. We've gone too far.
 
 
+17 # C.Gill 2012-03-17 00:24
“This incident does not represent the exceptional character of our military,”
Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and "harsh interrogation techniques" do though.
 
 
+7 # Richard Raznikov 2012-03-17 07:24
While Obama wraps himself in the “exceptional character of our military,” the facts pull the cloak off such an arrogant conceit. Indeed, American troops have been engaged in widespread brutality, including murder of civilians and noncombatants, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

http://lookingglass.blog.co.uk/2012/03/14/manson-family-values-13181110/#c17503970
 
 
+8 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-17 10:38
My Lai -- Phillipine invasion -- American Indian genocide... pick a war -- any war.
 
 
+3 # Cassandra2012 2012-03-17 14:36
Quoting bluepilgrim:
My Lai -- Phillipine invasion -- American Indian genocide... pick a war -- any war.


Indeed! My-Lai was particularly disgusting and depressingly cynical. It was a whole squad and the one fall guy for the higher ups didn't even serve a partial term in jail! FAce it, we have met the enemy, and he is US!
 
 
+14 # noitall 2012-03-17 01:53
We create these soldiers, these war machines in boot camp, we're good at it; they're fine-tuned and numbed-down in combat; they see, feel, hear, smell, things that visit them in their sleep and during moments of silence; they simmer, boil, and stew...and then its over for them, and they come home. Or is "it" over?

I believe that the responsible and compassionate action by our military, would be to create and require measures that MIRROR (are the opposite of) boot camp and special training and combat experience, and that they be applied to our returning soldiers, with the same exuberance that they were re-shaped by boot camp. This must be done before they return home with their demons intact and spread, by their actions, this Traumatic Stress Syndrome to their families and communities. It is the most humane and least costly effort at a solution to the carnage that is being inflicted on our families and communities be it by drugs or violence, just as it is deliberately inflicted on the people of the many countries that we invade.

If we are indeed in an endless war, we cannot afford, and it is not honest nor fair to our returning soldiers to continue what we learned so painfully from Viet Nam and before. "Shell shock" by any other name, is growing in our country and costs us dearly.
 
 
+1 # C.Gill 2012-03-17 14:50
It would be interesting to know what kind of psychotropic drugs the soldier was taking. I'll bet well never hear about that.
 
 
+19 # kahina 2012-03-17 02:57
It is just not one attrocity by our troops.There is a documented history of war crimes beginning with the savage murdering and killing of native americans in this country. This won't stop until we stop covering up for those responsible.
 
 
+19 # Barbara K 2012-03-17 04:37
We just MUST get our kids out of Afghanistan. Now. It is a stain on our country to destroy the minds and lives of our own while being over there for, for --what? It will be the same when we leave, except with a lot of dead people. They have been fighting for hundreds of years without us. We cannot fix them with weapons and soldiers. Bring our kids home now. Stop making the warmongers richer.
 
 
+2 # John Locke 2012-03-18 08:04
Barbara: Yes I agree with you fully, but, this is what happens when we have a military industrial complex that is channeled in one direction...WAR ...but it goes even further, look who profits from war! The war machine includes the contractors who build the weapons and Wall Street primarily who invests in war. Remember the Rothschild’s, they finance both sides of a war, so the bank will always win... we do the same thing, we financed both sides of the Iraq Iran war... sadly its all about money...the only way to stop this, is us...

If we must, we should chain our children in the cellar rather than allow them to go to war for the corporate interest... after serving in combat, they are never the same!
 
 
+10 # winson 2012-03-17 05:26
The soldiers on the ground are not the problem. The civilian leadership and the top brass are. Panetta was just in Afganistan and they disarmed the troops because he was afraid of them. Why?

Don´t you think something very sick is going on? Why are we fighting a war on drugs and then making our soldiers guard the poppy fields?

Nothing makes sense. One has to look under the surface. One soldier on the ground going berserk is a sympton.
They give our troops drugs to forget the horrific acts they are ordered to do and then crucify one when the drug doesn´t work.

The whole enterprise is outrageous and immoral and that is why the USA is going to destruct.

Reread Plato´s Parable of the Cave. Wake up! Do something!

You may not like everything about Ron Paul, but at least he is against these horrible wars that the Elite construct to steal resources and depopulate.
 
 
+2 # Cassandra2012 2012-03-17 14:40
I agree with a lot of what you say, but Ron Paul is just one more hypocrite--- a libertarian on all issues but a woman's right to control her own body... where he is ok with govt. interference in her life, her choices and decisions — he is NOT a real (or 'consistent') 'libertarian,' just another woman-hating repugnican.
 
 
+2 # annualoath 2012-03-17 20:26
cassandra, i'm feelin' you regarding those men, regardless of their political or sexual stripes, who hate women. yes, i did say sexual stripes, so you know what i'm insinuating. and that's the bare facts. though they tend to hide and disguise their true selves within the societal and cultural landscapes, these men are often in positions of influence and power. and for those of us who cannot see, before we know it we've voted them into office and they are running our lives as if we can't think for ourselves and because they think they own us.

one accurate point that winson does make though. the "elites", those who actually own the wealth in this country (the 1%ers), they do, in actuality, do construct wars, rebellions, ecological disasters, etc., for the sole purpose of stealing resources and depopulating indigenous populations. specifically places populated by people of color.

though it's not popular to say, these people are not only the greediest people on the planet, but at their core they are racist white supremecists. and they will even eliminate their own to achieve their greedy ends.
 
 
0 # John Locke 2012-03-18 08:10
Winson: one point you make should be shouted loud and clear..."Don´t you think something very sick is going on? Why are we fighting a war on drugs and then making our soldiers guard the poppy fields?" ask Obama why!

This is a fact!
 
 
+12 # Don Thomann 2012-03-17 05:37
Those responsible for this event, will sit around and judge the victim! Our Empire, our military-indust rial complex, our fear and hate mongers, our insatiable greed for more "natural resources," and our own apathy - WE are the responsible agents in this affair. As MLK said, the United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today. We, every one of us is guilty!
 
 
+13 # Observer 47 2012-03-17 11:23
I take very strong exception to your last sentence, Don, and to Busch's statement that "we" sent him there. I protested this war before it even began. I've written to the White House multiple times, I've sent reams of letters to my representatives , I've signed petitions, I've sent money to anti-war candidates and causes, I've marched in the streets. I most certainly didn't send Bales over there, and I've voted against all those who supported sending him there. If were up to me, he would never have left this country.
 
 
-4 # Pondering and Pandering 2012-03-17 08:30
We must remember that the people who serve us in the military are honorable and good people. And somehow they accomplish their mission and not do anything outside human decency in war. Of course, sending our soliders to two, three, and four combat tours of duty exposes them to PTSD. This sort of violent response to that condition is rare. But it is the canary in the coal mine that tells us these fine men and women need to be brought home and given a rest. We should be completly getting out of Afghanistann by the end of December 2012. And we need to understand that combat soldiers cannot stand up to these repeated tours of combat duty. It is true that when you teach a person to kill and they do within the so called rules of war, it is a wicked concoction for atrocities by some of those exposed to war too intensley or for too long. We cannot fight wars with the same soldiers for a decade and more. WW II vets strugggled with their two or three years overseas in combat.
 
 
+10 # Peace Anonymous 2012-03-17 08:35
We went to Iraq to "liberate" the Iraqi people. We went to Afghanistan to "liberate" the Afghan people. Was the attack the other night by an army of one, or was it conducted by a number of countries, thousands of people and cost billions of dollars, the results are the same. A handful of people made a huge sum of money and everybody else will either pay for it or die from it. Like every other war you will come home the same way - defeated.
The terrorists were our invention. If they weren't directly created by us they were a response to our aggression. And we have given them even more reasons to distrust us. The people of the Middle East, never wanted a war. We did. Army of one my ass!
 
 
+6 # Texas Aggie 2012-03-17 09:08
You will hear many defenses of this person about how he just saw a friend lose a leg in an explosion, that he was drunk, that he was in his fourth deployment, etc., as if this should excuse his behavior. Do these same people who excuse his behavior, such as Lindsey Graham, also excuse the behavior of those who will commit the inevitable retaliation? How is their revenge any different from what this person did?

Another thought is that since multiple deployments are inevitably going to result in this type of behavior, maybe we need to reinstitute the draft. It will supply the manpower necessary to reduce the multiple deployments and even better, will make those who love war so much have some skin in the game thereby reducing the permanent state of war that supports our MIC.
 
 
+6 # Cassandra2012 2012-03-17 14:46
MILITARY-INDUST RIAL COMPLEX.... the ones , like Cheney and Halliburton and KBR AND BECHTEL etc. are the only ones who
profit' from this.

Enticing green (and hence easily influenced to kill and kill) kids into the armed forces because they cannot find work elsewhere is a deliberate cynical strategy to use other people's kids to do their dirty work. Bush, Cheney and the rest of those politicians and their families who were subject to the draft managed to escape service but were ready to send someone else's children to die in their new wars.
 
 
+6 # C.Gill 2012-03-17 14:59
If there was a draft more people would be out protesting and these wars might have ended a long time ago.
 
 
+6 # jwb110 2012-03-17 10:08
We should take into consideration the rhetoric that got us there in the first place. Demonizing the Semitic world, a world that is semitic for both Jews and Arabs, by the propaganda of "The Axis of Evil" was just a start.
Certainly there was propaganda in both WW1 and WW2 bur remember these were wars where out allies were attack first and treaties required our participation. Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Iraq 2 were the sort of Police Actions that cover for wars of regime change. The bleeding heart conservatives can chime on about dictators and the human rights abuses committed by the on their own populations but that isn't much of a cover for the human rights abuses committed by the self-appointed saviors.
As has been seen in the Arab Spring these people have quite capable of creating regime change on their own. We needn't get involved. The pressures of survival under the heel of their leaders has been quite enough and wee need to no longer forget that a small country like Tunisia was responsible for igniting the change that has swept North Africa and moved into other areas of the Middle East. They are the Solidarity Movement of their people and the war hawks in Washington should get all puffed up like poisoned dogs inorder to take credit for what has happened.
SOME of these people are enemies of Democratic rule but not all and if our present professional arem can not longer tell the difference lets go back to National Service and dilute the problem.
 
 
+2 # Activista 2012-03-18 16:55
We need Israeli Spring and US Spring more than they need Arab Spring
 
 
+5 # JohnnyK 2012-03-17 16:08
This just shows us what happens when you send some one into battle too many times.

Stop the wars and bring our boys home.
 

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