And this guy's personal history isn't nearly as all-american as you would like.
Apologies, I thought you had previously claimed to have been born in the UK. I stand by my comments. If you are entitled to snipe at other posters, then I am entitled to snipe at you.
As for Bales, I only know what I heard on CNN interviews with people familiar with his service background and friends of the family. Those with whom he served are in a state of shock, and repeatedly said he was calm under fire and demanded his troops treat locals with respect. Friends of the family have said that repeated deployments and being passed over for promotion have led to severe financial problems, which may have contributed to his mental break. As this man and his family are put under a microscope, we may learn things about him that indeed should have served as a red flag to his superiors. That should be investigated thoroughly to prevent such flags from being ignored. That said, his family has been subjected to death threats and have had to be moved onto a military base for protection. Unacceptable.
Trying to understand what caused this is NOT making excuses for him. I hope he goes to prison for life. I've said that repeatedly.
Fair enough. And yes, I was born in the UK but came to this country at a very early age. I still have relatives in the UK.
US soldiers rarely 'get the max' for crimes committed overseas in a combat zone. Remember My lai, LT William Calley? How about the Stryker Bde 'kill team'? The Sqd Ldr who ran the team and killed 3 unarmed civilians, collecting body parts along the way, got life WITH the chance of parole in 10 years. That would be unheard of if SSG Calvin Gibbs had murdered 3 American civilians and kept body parts.
As far as not flying Afghans in for the trial or SSG Bales having some right to confront his accusers, remember it is a Military trial. Secondly there was a buttload of expended brass recovered and an assigned weapon he surrendered at the gate. Wont take too much to convince a tribunal of military men Bales is guilty.
But then again if an NCO who was fingered by witnesses gets life with the chance of parole who knows what another one gets with no US serviceman as witness.
The guy is already claiming he can't remember the killings.
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