As a Cold War and Vietnam-era veteran I have concerns that I’m sure that every person who has served shares. Sgt. Bales is an NCO, which tells me he is no raw recruit, and I understand that this was not his first tour in a combat zone, far from it. I understand the sense of responsibility that an NCO feels for those subordinate to him and I suspect that feeling is more intense under combat conditions.
Just how many sequential tours to a combat zone should a soldier make? Even if they volunteer shouldn’t they be closely monitored and be rotated off for a decent amount of time? Wars are, or should be, fought to be won, not used to make political points. Just like Vietnam, Afghanistan is a political war, nothing more.
Our service men and women have become nothing more than pawns in a political chess match and it needs to stop.
If America is threatened, then certainly we should fight, but sacrificing our youth for political games is pure madness. Better to develop an herbicide that kills opium poppies, spray the wretched place and come home.
Sgt. Bales is most certainly a casualty of a senseless war.