December 3, 2020

The Case of SSGT Robert Bales in Afghanistan

DATE: 19 March 2012         PHONE:        (410) 212-5181

The Following statement may be attributed to Dr. Joseph J. Thomas, CEO, The Student-Leader Seminar:

 March 2012 Teachable Moment: The Case of SSGT Robert Bales in Afghanistan

US Soldier Accused in Killing of 16 Afghan Civilians. – The tragic news of the alleged actions of 38 year old US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales came as a tremendous shock to the American public.  Recent reporting claims Bales left his operating base on the night of March 11, entered two Afghan villages and methodically went about shooting 16 civilians, including 9 children.  Afghan outrage, understandably, was immediate.  The international outcry was equally immediate.   Just over a week after the incident speculation as to what drove Bales to this act is rampant.  There’s been much discussion about his recent legal and relationship troubles, failed investments, and physical suitability for redeployment.  All of these details will be picked through in detail in the coming weeks and months.  One thing is certain at this point and that is US-Afghan relations will be forever altered.  The war may in fact be at a turning point.  The direction of America’s future in Afghanistan is impossible to predict.  Political and military leaders alike will attempt to mitigate the situation.  US service members and Westerners working in Afghanistan are at far greater risk as a result of this tragedy.  We can safely say that no possible good can come from this incident.  What can be safely claimed is that much needs to be done to prevent such incidents in future…”

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