How can we convict Sgt. Robert Bales of killing 17 Afghan villagers? He was obviously not in his “right mind,” given the fact that the Army makes readily available all kinds of drugs to keep the troops from being depressed and stressed and allowing them some kind of sleep. Mixing them with alcohol, as apparently Bales did, could have led to his death.
I am appalled that we are making drug-dependent people upon leaving the Army; that happened in Vietnam and is obviously happening now. Shame on us.
We need to reinstitute the draft. I bet there will then be fewer unwinnable wars. We have yet to learn the lessons of history.