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.