OK, I was going to keep my opinions to my self, but the statements by the President, the Secretary of State, and the Presidential candidates has me ready to fight. The recent event in Afghanistan is a tragedy, for sure. But, that Staff Sargent may not be the MONSTER the news media wants to portray his to be. For instance, this is his FOURTH combat tour! He had a Traumatic Brain Injury caused by a vehicle crash. He also has been treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. So, while I will agree that the killing of 16 supposed innocent civilians is a tragedy, it may be the fault of the counrtry's leadership that sent him.
The men who have been on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan have made multiple 12 and 13 month long tours to the combat zones. When they are home, they are subject to intense, realistic, stressful, live fire training to keep them sharp! Well, let me tell you, if you keep a combat trained man on ALERT 24/7/365 for 5,6,10 years, he is going to snap! The human mind is not made to be held at the alert stage without significant down time. What this does to an individual is dull his sense of right and wrong and cloud his moral judgement. So, if a person in that state saw someone as a direct threat to him, he would react, AS TRAINED, to eliminate that threat. It become an automatic reaction of function that the individual cannot stop. You who have not been in combat may want to disagree with me. Well, take your uninformed opinion and stick it some where smelly! I know what I am talking about.
These wars have worn out our combat equipment and our fighting men. Ten years, multiple combat tours, intense training, has worn our fighting men out! We are broke, and the politicians don't care. And trust me, just like after other wars, police actions and conflicts, when this is over, the civilian populace will not want the retired, former, or disabled military man or woman around. We will be discarded like yesterdays garbage. They suffer us now, but all of us will be forgotten and held in disdain when they are done using us.
Back during the War Protest days, there was a song by one of the "Hippie" groups that posed the question; "What if they had a war and nobody showed up?!" Since the landed gentry, the political leaders, and the educational elite do not send their son's and daughter's to war, I wonder what would happen if we, the lower middle class people of this country told the leadership to fight their own wars that the politicians declare without following the Constitution. The oath we take says; We will "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." It is time we determine just who are the "Domestic Enemies" before they destroy us.
DId the Staff Sargent do wrong, yes. Who's fault is it? That remains to be seen. But I am afraid the liberal news establishment and the Politicians, in uniform and in $5000 suits, will sacrifice this patriot without due process. He would not be the first enlisted man to suffer that fate!