So we’re learning more about the Bales case when a staff sergeant went on a murderous spree in small Afghan village. It doesn’t sound like his shit was wired too tightly. As I said yesterday, Bales made two trips into two villages, and apparently he was wearing a cape like he thought he was a super hero or something. From the Associated Press;
As fellow soldiers stopped him at the base’s gate, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was incredulous, prosecutors said. Then, as he was taken into custody, Bales said, “I thought I was doing the right thing.”
The prosecutor, Lt. Col. Jay Morse, said that after Bales attacked one village near his post at Camp Belambay, he returned, woke a colleague to report what he had done, and warned that he was headed back out to attack another village.
“I never got out of bed, sir,” the colleague, Sgt. Jason McLaughlin, testified. “I thought it was ridiculously out of the realm of normal possibility, sir.”
Prosecutors played for the first time the video captured by a surveillance blimp that showed the caped figure running toward the base, then stopping and dropping his weapons as he was confronted. There was no audio.
Apparently, he was drinking whiskey and watching “Man on Fire” before he went on his rampage. I like “Man on Fire”, but it never sent me on a killing spree.
According to the article, Bales and his attorneys haven’t entered a plea yet, but, of course, we all know that his attorneys will say that Bales suffers from TBI and PTS despite the fact that the outward signs of PTS don’t manifest as this type of violence. But it will make a sympathetic figure for the media.