U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is currently being held at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is expected to be formally charged this week in connection to a shooting spree in Afghanistan where he allegedly shot and killed 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children. Those who knew Sgt. Bales are shocked by the allegations and appear to be sympathetic to his plight. He joined the Army shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and has served three tours of duty in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. Highly decorated for bravery and having suffered a head wound in combat, Bales was slated to not be shipped out again. But he was, at a time when Bales also faced family problems at home.
So what drove Bales to allegedly commit mass murder? Was it his domestic problems? Latent or misdiagnosed medical conditions stemming from his head wound? Was it alcohol that drove him over the edge? Or was it seeing a fellow soldier and comrade get his leg blown off a few days before? Could it be that Bales is just the latest victim of the failed presidency of Barack Hussein Obama? Has Obama′s mishandling of the war in Afghanistan and recent apology over the Koran burning at the root of this tragedy?
You may think I am reaching here, but let us examine the facts. For more than ten years now, we have been fighting in Afghanistan. There seems to be little progress, if any. Our relationship with the government of Hamid Karzai was marred from the beginning of the Obama administration when Obama publicly spoke ill of the Afghan leader. Since then, it has been all downhill. Even our ′allies′ in Pakistan have now turned against us thanks to the Obama policies.
One would think that after our withdrawal from Iraq that US troops would get a break from the grueling rotation schedule imposed upon them by the Obama administration. But instead, Obama is working to downsize the military, which leads to maintaining the relentless and endless schedule of troop deployments out of the United States. There is no peace dividend from Obama to our soldiers. The White House even wants to further burden our troops forcing them to pay more for health care coverage while waiving civilian Defense Department employees who belong to a union.
Barack Obama is using our military for his social experiments in the transformation of America into a Liberal-Progressive-Socialist nation. Our borders are less secure now than ever. Our troops are at the breaking point, fatigued by years of fighting as the politicians fail to carry out a rational plan with clear goals. This past week when Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited our forces in Afghanistan, troops were not allowed to carry firearms in his presence. Apparently, the Obama administration does not trust our own military.
US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, currently facing pending charges at Fort Leavenworth, may be just the latest victim of Barack Obama and his failed policies. There seems to be a growing narrative here that Bales was pushed over the edge and mentally snapped when he allegedly killed 16 Afghanistan civilians. That there were warning signs which should have led to Bales not being deployed in the first place. That Bales had already sacrificed enough of himself and his family. But Obama does not care about our troops. He loathes the military and all it stands for. Under such circumstances, is it any wonder that Hamid Karzai and the Afghan people want us out sooner rather than later?