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Wife of alleged Afghan shooter releases statement

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on March 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm with 14 Comments »
March 19, 2012 1:22 pm

Karilyn Bales, the wife of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier suspected of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan, just released a written statement through the family’s spokesman, Seattle attorney Lance Rosen:

Here’s the statement in its entirety:

Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. TTownExPat says:

    I’m sad every time I hear yet another tragic story come from my hometown. I love T-town, but I don’t understand why we have such a disproportionate number of tragic stories on the news wire. :-(

  2. She said she loved her husband very much. What more do you want? And how could any of us know if she’s tried to talk to him. Love and support for a man who allegedly got drunk and killed 16 innocent civilians? Yeah that makes sense – cuz there must be a good excuse for why he allegedly did this. Ready to bail? If my significant other went and killed 16 innocent people, I would bail myself. I know I’m not alone in that regard.

  3. fanciladi says:

    I believe she mentioned love at the end of her statement.

    So now you’re/we’re going to jump on this wife and judge her? I don’t think anyone should jump to conclusions on this sad situation. If you/we don’t know all of the info on the subject we should wait until it’s known.

    None of us are mind-readers…

  4. NineInchNachosII says:

    shooting sleeping children in the face is SO not like him!

  5. irishize says:

    @billybushey: come on, she is saying it like it is with the information that she has and most likely has had no contact with him only because he has not been allowed to call her. I think her statement showed a lot of compassion and class and hopefully you and the rest of us will not forget that she did not do something so stupid and tragic. She is hurting just like the rest of us over this.

  6. tonising says:

    Have none of you ever been so completely stunned and shocked that for days you could hardly have a coherent thought let alone make a public statement that satisfies our curiousity and answers all our questions. Have some mercy, on this woman and her family.

  7. ClassyLady says:

    Thank you Mrs. Bales, for taking the time in the midst of your own tragedy, to write such an eloquent letter. I am the mom of a soldier serving in Afghanistan, and I feel the pain your family very deeply. You are all in my prayers.

  8. CharleyLeChein says:

    When I served on active duty, the guys in my platoon became my second family, being overseas was tough being away from home and the things we loved and missed. I still remember each hometown of where the guys in my squad called home. Infantry battalions have never had women within
    its troops.

    Mrs Bales may not know what caused her husband to do the things he is accused of doing.

    Very few of us may know, and I suspect that when he had a traffic accident, and had a Brain Injury Accident he may not have had all the tests done to determine what injuries he had and how severe the BIA affected him. Ive said this before, he should have had a CT scan, an MRI, a cartoid artery check, maybe an echo-cardiogram, maybe an angiogram test, maybe an EKG test, maybe what they call a TEH test. These are some of the typical test given to people that have had a BIA.

    I had a BIA mid November, Im still working on basic skills and I have not decided not to drive until I feel I wont harm anyone or myself. My thought process is lacking at times, as well as my frustration level and cocentration.

    Soldiers are having to serve more deployments, and lately PTSD cases were often rejected by hospital staff at Madigan. PTSD is real, it had other names in other wars, I think it was called Battle Fatigue during WWII. If SSGT Bales has a documented case of mental health
    issues he needs treatment. He may get locked away for many years, just hope that the military and the VA start dealing with these issues.

  9. Capybara91 says:

    I’d like to think I wouldn’t have snapped the way Bales did. But I haven’t done four combat tours so I really don’t know what my breaking point would be or what I would do when I reached it. I do know this. I’m glad Browne is defending him because we aren’t having any honest public debate about this war. That’s because most Americans have no real stake in it. Just keep sending the same guys to do our dirty work while we pretend they don’t exist. We’re not winning any hearts and minds anymore, are we?

  10. I sure hope that the media backs off from his family. Although I do understand her wanting to support her husband, she has to grieve the loss of him. He’s not the same man she married and I feel for her an her children.

  11. bobbysangelwife says:

    A fantastic and eloquent statement by Mrs Bales. I commend her and applaud her in this extremely difficult time that her entire family is going through–including Mr Bales.

    I know it is wishful thinking that the media will leave them be, but we all know that that will not happen–sadly enough.

    It takes more strength than most people can fathom to try to comprehend what has happened to her husband, to cope and deal with this, and to have to try to shield and protect their children from the prying eyes of the press and public.
    I pray for her, her family, her husband, and the many others that this has affected. May God bless them and give them strength to endure many many more months and beyond.

  12. NineInchNachosII says:

    ‎”The victims became a footnote, an anonymous footnote. Just the number 16. No one bothered to ask their ages, their hobbies, their aspirations. Worst of all, no one bothered to ask their names. In honoring their memory, I write their names below, and the little we know about them: that nine of them were children, three were women.
    The dead:
    Mohamed Dawood son of Abdullah
    Khudaydad son of Mohamed Juma
    Nazar Mohamed
    Payendo
    Robeena
    Shatarina daughter of Sultan Mohamed
    Zahra daughter of Abdul Hamid
    Nazia daughter of Dost Mohamed
    Masooma daughter of Mohamed Wazir
    Farida daughter of Mohamed Wazir
    Palwasha daughter of Mohamed Wazir
    Nabia daughter of Mohamed Wazir
    Esmatullah daughter of Mohamed Wazir
    Faizullah son of Mohamed Wazir
    Essa Mohamed son of Mohamed Hussain
    Akhtar Mohamed son of Murrad Ali
    The wounded:
    Haji Mohamed Naim son of Haji Sakhawat
    Mohamed Sediq son of Mohamed Naim
    Parween
    Rafiullah
    Zardana
    Zulheja”

    http://blogs.aljazeera.com/asia/2012/03/19/no-one-asked-their-names

  13. its because the joint base is here and the majority of foot soldiers come through lewis on ther way to wars around the world that have zero meaning for the united states

  14. HaleRevere says:

    Bigwrig, I’m surprised you’d say that the war in Afghanistan has zero meaning to this country. Were you one of these flag-waving “Patriots” on Sept 12th, 2001 who cheered as our President spoke from the rubble of ground zero? Did you cheer on our Soldiers from 10th Mountain Division as they made their landings in Afghanistan shortly thereafter? Did you, like so many “Patriots” eventually lose that sense of unity and euphoria as the years went by? I miss those days when we were united in a struggle….a common goal. It didn’t take long for most of you to decide that we were no longer at war. The truth of the matter is that the Armed Forces are the only ones at war. The rest of the country is walking face down thru the mall, updating their status on Facebook, oblivious to their surroundings.
    I still believe that the death of Bin Laden, and the search for the rest of his network of hate is important to this country, or more importantly for the preservation of your right to walk oblivious thru the mall. God Bless our Servicemembers.

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