American Psycho Identified

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The American psycho now in custody at a U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, KS accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers, including women and children, as they slept, has been identified as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

Bales, a Cincinnati, OH native, was in his fourth combat deployment. He is well liked by those who know him, both in and out of the military. Bales is married with two young children. The Bales family lives in Washington state.

Perhaps, multiple deployments is at the heart of Bales murderous behavior? One solution to this would be a return of the military draft. Especially, since the U.S. is now perpetually at war. Spread around the burden and stop exploiting a small number loyal patriots.

A return of the military draft would also pressure Washington politicians to end the Afghanistan war sooner and not later. Politicizing war and the military isn’t new but, President Obama promised to be different from his predecessor. He is not.

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11 Responses to American Psycho Identified

  1. VicoDANIEL says:

    I agree! Bring back the draft.

    When the sons of senators and congressmen are in harms way, douchebags like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Eric Cantor won’t be chomping-at-the-bit to go to war. They will shut their pieholes.

    Unfortunately, the USA is addicted to war. We can’t wean ourselves off the culture of war. Our greatest challenge in the 21st century is to learn to see ourselves differently at a cultural level and learn to get along with our international neighbors.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    VicoDANIEL – I agree with you and Christopher about the need to bring back the military draft. The notion that the U.S. sends soldiers back into combat eight and nine times is inhumane and criminal. If President Obama ever decides to get involved here versus making NCAA picks, he could easily appoint a Blue Ribbon panel to get to the bottom of this horror and make recommendations to stop it. As for the fabulous Miss Lindsey Graham, she doesn’t have children that might go to war even though she has child-bearing hips.

  3. feminazi says:

    Politicians don’t care about the troops. The troops are backdrops they use to sell their sorry asses as tough-on-terrorism, defenders of the flag patriots, when in fact, it is the American people who care the most about the troops. We donate money, send care packages and demand taxpayer money for VA medical centers devoted to post-combat care.

  4. Mets Fan says:

    Our addiction to war will be our undoing.

    The Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost the U.S. $1.4 trillion. Most of this was borrowed from China and Japan. Imagine what this will cost when repaid with interest over the next 25 years?

  5. Unconditional1 says:

    A return to the draft is a bad idea. The US will end up with more soldiers who do not want to be, or should not be, in conflict situations “going postal.” Perhaps better trained Superior Officers with keener insights might better serve the primitive war machine mentality. Wars do not bring peace, they merely are snuffed out and left smoldering until the next breeze of opportunity, once again incites the flames.

  6. Insouciant says:

    Meanwhile, Bush, Cheney, and Rummy the Dummy, are loving wonderful lives in retirement, writing books, making speeches and collecting coin from idiot conservatives who clamor after their every word.

  7. moplus says:

    what better way to have an ample number of recruits is to create and economic crisis and to ship manufacturing out of country. To put military recruiters in high schools while their minds are developing.

  8. TOM339 says:

    Sorry but I don’t care if Bales is tired.

    My grandfather served in multiple deployments in WWII. One in France and one in the Philippines and he never harmed an innocent soul. In fact, he saved American, French and Philippino lives at great risk to himself.

    Bales should feel the full wrath of the military judicial system up to and including the death penalty for his crimes. No “Get Out of Jail Free” cards, thank you very much.

  9. Fran says:

    I’m opposed to the draft, because I have draft aged sons & one a staunch conscientious objector– he would serve years of jail time before he would kill & be killed for empire.
    The idea that some senator’s son will then serve– lets not kid ourselves, they would get desk jobs in Hawaii or deep in a protected green zone– those kids won’t be hoofing it in the back allies of Kandahar.
    The latest MSM chatter is debating over whether this soldier snapped or not.
    He may have just decided he could no longer take war & that would for sure be a ticket out.
    Did he feel the need for revenge, or he would & could have just taken his own life.

    This guy’s life is over, be it served in military prison, or he gets the death sentence.

    As Cindy Sheehan put it:

    Atrocities have been committed in war since the beginning of time and I think we can stipulate that the U.S. Empire is the global Bad Apple. However, war is barbaric and war encourages barbarism. The only way to stop such barbarism is to finally, once and for all, stop using war as a tool in the repertoire of foreign policy.
    The U.S. military had given this soldier mental health clearance and a clean bill of physical health to be redeployed for a 4th time to a war zone. Former U.S. SecDef, Donald Rumsfeld, famously and arrogantly claimed while visiting troops in Kuwait: “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you want.” Well, if this is an example of the “Army we have,” then we better get our asses home and in a just country, Rumsfeld would be occupying a cell at Leavenworth, himself.

    As activists who called for complete, total, immediate and unconditional withdrawal while Bush was president we should be doing the same with a Democrat as Bad Apple in Chief.

    How much more evidence do we need that Democratic wars are just as pervasive, wrong and deadly as Republican wars?

  10. retahyajyajav says:

    Multiple-deployments are hell but still no excuse for slaughtering innocent women and children. Bales no more represents the best of the U.S. military than does Major Nidal Malik Hasan who killed 13 at the Fort Hood, TX military.

    Bales is an aberration.

  11. Brigadoon says:

    Robert Bales’s past includes an arrest for a misdemeanor charge of assault on a woman, which was inexplicably dropped after he completed anger management counseling. He had an accident in which he overturned his car, something he attributed to falling asleep at the wheel; and an accumulation of rejections and disappointments which included being denied Sargent because the military thought he was ill-suited for the position and, financial issues leading to his home being at risk for foreclosure. Bottom line here: Robert Bales is not the angel some are want to claim.

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