Whinery: The Afghan Massacre versus Harry’s War

Was this tragedy predictible?

The shocking Afghan Massacre that reminds me of a certain war movie you may have seen.

“Charging a Man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indianapolis 500.” Captain Willard, Apocalypse Now.

On March 11, 2012, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 38, “allegedly” killed 16 Afghan Civilians during his fourth tour of duty to a warzone. And today, Mr. Bales is to be officially charged with 17 counts of murder, 6 counts of attempted murder and 6 counts of aggravated assault.

So why does something like this happen? 

In a report recently issued by the US Army it notes that the average infantryman in World War II experienced a total of 40 days of combat during the ENTIRE war and in Iraq and Afghanistan a soldier is in almost constant combat conditions with very little downtime.

Is it any wonder a guy snaps?

And why are we still in Afghanistan anyway?

We went to war to get Osama Bin Laden and to remove the Taliban from power: Done and done.

Now we’re occupying a Country where its President stirs up Anti- American sentiment at every opportunity and threatens to join the Taliban. Where Afghan troops we have trained have gone rogue and killed hundreds of NATO troops. We can’t even insulate the US Embassy from attacks.  I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that after 10 years and untold billions of dollars- we have lost the war in Afghanistan.

And I believe that the massacre committed by Sgt. Bales is not going to be the last.

And you know what. If I was defending him, I would plead not guilty and take it to trial. This is war and killing is a business and business is good. If anyone is guilty it’s the US Government for asking so much of our troops.

Sgt. Bales is not the problem. He’s the solution. War is hell and if you want to win there are no “rules.” Were there rules when we leveled Tokyo & Dresden in World War II? Not to mention nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

If you don’t have the stomach to kill with impunity- then you shouldn’t go to war!

Where’s Harry Truman when you need him?

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11 Responses to Whinery: The Afghan Massacre versus Harry’s War

  1. tiad says:


  2. paulwilsonkc says:

    Thank GOD, I thought that was Harley
    with all the off set lines, then I saw it was lyrics.
    He so badly wants to be the King of Zing on KCC, but its STILL ME!!
    I’m bigger than Len Dawson, Im a STAR!! (I need to lay off of Craigs ‘roiids, its messing with my attitude…)

  3. Orphan of the Road says:

    So long Harry Truman
    These are strange times we live in
    Hard games we play
    Wager very carefully
    And play’em as they lay

    But don’t play no cards ain’t in your hand
    So long Harry Truman
    Goddamn it’s hard to find an honest man

  4. chuck says:

    David Scott fuckin Whinery,
    you are a fuckin stud.

  5. the dude says:

    Just Think
    If this poor Joe worked for Blackwater he would have had immunity and probably gotten a bonus to boot.
    This country is about fighting corporate mercenary wars to open up economies and get them bowing to the World Bank and IMF these days- don’t get in the way or you’ll get a bullet to the head or a few remote control Hellfire missles on your front porch.

  6. paulwilsonkc says:

    I said before, I’ll say it again….
    The purpose of war is to break things and kill people! Period. We just dont do that any more and have not since “Nam. We dont fight to win. If attacked, I think we should go in with a scorched earth policy. In this case, we shouldn’t be there any longer.

    I think you do have to draw a line between killing and murder. If its freelance killing of citizens in bed at night, thats not collateral damage, which Im NOT opposed to. Thats plain murder.

    If we bomb a 5 block area and 150 “citizens” are killed, Im sorry, thats war. I dont know how I draw that line in my head, but I do think that line exists. There is killing and there is killing.

    I am, however, hurt that Chuck now speaks more highly of DSFW than me……

  7. Orphan of the Road says:

    Patriotic Gore
    WAR, n.
    A by-product of the arts of peace. The most menacing political condition is a period of international amity. The student of history who has not been taught to expect the unexpected may justly boast himself inaccessible to the light. “In time of peace prepare for war” has a deeper meaning than is commonly discerned; it means, not merely that all things earthly have an end — that change is the one immutable and eternal law — but that the soil of peace is thickly sown with the seeds of war and singularly suited to their germination and growth. It was when Kubla Khan had decreed his “stately pleasure dome” — when, that is to say, there were peace and fat feasting in Xanadu — that he
    heard from afar
    Ancestral voices prophesying war.
    One of the greatest of poets, Coleridge was one of the wisest of men, and it was not for nothing that he read us this parable. Let us have a little less of “hands across the sea,” and a little more of that elemental distrust that is the security of nations. War loves to come like a thief in the night; professions of eternal amity provide the night. — Ambrose Beirce

  8. chuck says:

    The current proof of our status as a fortunate nation,
    is bourne out by those great numbers of fools, whose heads hit their pillows each night whilst procaliming themselves, “Citizens Of The World.” Angelina visits them in thier dreams, they adopt still another fuckin baby while Clooney holds their hands during a junket in Darfur. Escorted by the Tonton Macoute, they mug for the camera with Sean Penn in Haiti, then board a plane with Jimmy to meet with Hamas, then off to light a Mother of Guadlupe Candle for Cocaine Cowboys who selflessly gave their lives on our borders.

    In an effort to modernize our army, our troops are ordered to “Don fake belly and breasts”, to understand the difficulty that pregnant troops excersise concerns. I swear to fuckin God. Maybe we can scare off Al Quida with some “Fierce Shoes”.


    I am so glad my dad never saw this shit.

    These fools and thier dreams are made possible for you by those ancestors of mine and America’s who spilled out thier life’s blood at Bellau Woods, Pearl Harbor, Leyte Gulf, Coral Sea, Midway, Salvo Islands, Chosin Resivoir, Dong Xai, Tet, Iraq and the fuckin Hindu Kush.

    When the US Govt told my Dad it was time to go to hell and kick the devil’s ass, he saddled up as did other lions of my blood.

    What the fuck happened to America? Why have we let the Media glorify our enemies and teach us to hate our own country? Why are we afraid to hate evil? Why are we dwelling only on our mistakes and refusing to acknowledge that this Occidental, European, Judeo/Christian Culture IS THAT SHINING LIGHT ON THE HILL?

    The implaccable, intransigent Islamic Metasystem is designed to annihilate our culture, by way of terror, war, Jihad or Takia. It is ok to say it out loud and to fight against it, by any means necessary.

    Paul is correct, as is Matt. War is not a fuckin video game. Our civilization, our government, our culture is in fact superior and if some stone age fundementalist shitheels get killed, I don’t fuckin care and you shouldn’t either.

    While the media miasma that is CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, The NY Times, Chicago Trib, LA Times all line up to felate any and all Post Colonial Feminists, our empire is diminished, not by way of war, but by way of will and revisionist history.

    The real history of America sure as hell ain’t perfect, but it was written with the blood of you fathers, and your father’s fathers.

    Its teh best we got, the best in the world.

    Me, I don’t feel guilty.

    I reload.

  9. tiad says:

    paulwilsonkc, I totally agree….
    I said from day one when we decided to “shock and awe” Iraq (since “we” decided to do that), then we should’ve bombed Baghdad into oblivion. Then they really would’ve sat up and took notice. The fact that we decide to attack some country (i.e. government) – and then pull our punches – is absolutely disgraceful.

    Of course, I disagree with the original decision to attack Iraq, but that’s really beside the point, once the idiots in charge have decided to do so.

  10. Smartman says:

    You Inglorious Bastards!
    You covered all the bases. Nothing left for me to say. A fine time in the saddle. One Hundred killed today. Tonite I’ll rest, I’m weary. Care not ye’ for my sorrow. In eight hours I’ll awake and kill one hundred more tomorrow.

  11. devils advocate says:

    This is a really good article

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