It’s the military brass that should go on trial for the massacre of innocents in Afghanistan. I am not making excuses for the hell that Staff Sargent from Fort Lewis Washington reigned down on the people of Afghanistan – let me be clear about that.
Lizard is right – we need to get out. Now. The US has done nothing but inflict illegal war-criminal murder over and over in that nation – I don’t know how you “fix” that. Ever.
But a military that sends a guy on 3 tours such that he is away from his home and family 50% of the time…and declares him fit for duty after a traumatic brain injury needs to stand trial for its malfeasance.
They don’t want to reinstate the draft. They pay these men and women crap. They don’t provide them with adequate training or medical care, and they try to renege on the promises to these people who sacrifice so much.
Hate the mission, not the soldier.
Fort Lewis? Remember Billings Montana Staff Sargent Calvin Gibbs? He was sentenced to life in the last year or so for killing for fun – tossing grenades at Afghani farm kids and then cutting off body parts for trophies.
He, too, with multiple tours.
The real people responsible for this will never be held accountable – from the President who put us there, to the one who has kept us there…to the Senators and congressional Representatives that continue to fund the damn thing (while cutting soldier benefits and pay) while they bellyache about withdrawal proposals which are too fast.
Then we’ve got officers in the line of authority that are making decisions that put these guys out there in the field with a gun in their hand. All from their cozy desks at the Pentagon, which they arrive at after a nice 45 minute commute on the beltway.
How many more shooters are out there? I mean, really?
Listen to this Afghani relay his thoughts on the shooting.
If we’re there for some chivalrous ideal of Democracy, someone needs to check themselves. Democracy by the end of a gun isn’t Democracy. From the Afghani’s perspective, we’re the terrorists, and I can’t blame them at all for believing that.
They’re living it.