|525th Brigade Crest|
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The shooter, who had served with Tisdale on his security detail in Afghanistan, was facing court martial charges for theft of tools and and equipment valued at roughly $1,700 -- which, on conviction, would have likely resulted in a Dishonorable Discharge and incarceration at the Fort Leavenworth Detention Barracks.
|An underlying and persistent problem (c) Veterans Today|
Ultimately, much of the problem stems from soldiers not having a clear understanding of what the role of the US is in the Middle East. They are there, supposedly, to fight for the US; yet, Saddam was dislodged and executed, and the Iraqis hate the US now and have seemingly allied with the Chinese and Russians -- yet we remain in Iraq footing the bill, and under siege from Islamic extremists. Our soldiers witness one extremist element bombing the other, killing women and children in the name of Allah. They don't understand, but they are helpless witnesses to this senseless killing.
In Afghanistan, our soldiers continue to fight the Afghans with whom we were allied to fight Soviet invaders. Now, many of these same freedom-fighters are designated "terrorists" as Taliban or Al Qaeda. Our soldiers are not welcomed by the locals, and are periodically attacked. Some of our soldiers have committed atrocities, not only failing to "win the hearts and minds of the people", but ensuring that Americans will be remembered for brutal and unforgivable acts.
As always, there are Leftist elements intent on pitting our soldiers against their officers, not unlike occurred in Viet Nam in "fragging" incidents.
So, our soldiers, unable to identify the "enemy" are told that US officers are the visible enemy.
Even our Administration [Department of Homeland Security] has joined in to identify our returning soldiers as "potential terrorists".
|Stuxnet - Now a Russian asset?|
This same Ally has been negotiating with Russia for favored military and trade arrangements, while simultaneously working with the US to develop the Stuxnet and Flame computer viruses to attack Iran's nuclear program. The virus has now been "accidentally" released and is apparently moving about the Internet undetected. We have to wonder how many of the secrets we shared with our Ally have now been shared with Russia.
LBJ created the circumstances for the Viet Nam war with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution based on a US Navy incursion [on LBJ's orders] into North Viet Nam's territory.
We invaded Iraq the second time on the [false] advice of our Ally that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.
We bankrolled, provided weaponry and Naval Air support to NATO to attack a non-belligerent Libya, so Europe could gain access to Libya's oil deposits. Libya is now engaged in a civil war amongst rival factions vying for ultimate power; atrocities are rampant as belligerents engage in a revenge bloodlust. The benefit to the US: Zero!
We continue to pursue war as a foreign policy tool, and sacrifice our young, our best and brightest -- and our ideals in these adventures. Our soldiers don't know what to think, and patriotism seems now confused with "terrorism" -- so our troops are understandably bewildered -- and embittered. Completely bewildering has been the kid glove treatment given to Major Hasan after he killed 13 US Military personnel and wounded 29 others nearly three years ago.
Worst of all, our troops have no means of expressing themselves, since to seek psychological or psychiatric counsel means the end to a soldier's career, In the end, their frustrations build, and the troops explode and commit atrocities against our "enemies" or innocent villagers, or against their own comrades or officers -- whom they are told are their enemies.
Fort Bragg is rated as the largest military base in the world, and is home to the 18th Airborne Corps, the 82d Airborne Division, the Special Forces headquarters, the Army Special Operations Command, and the 1st Corps Support Command.
The 525th Brigade, formed in WWII as counter-intelligence and interrogation unit, has had an evolving mission since its return to Fort Bragg in 1948 and currently has elements deployed to Afghanistan. [I take a special interest in the 525th since I formed and commanded an MI Detachment [FORSCOM Intelligence Training Detachment] from its personnel in 1975.]
The 525th has an unusual mix of specialized intelligence personnel who have served in a variety of unusual areas around the world, responding to unique national tasking. I was proud to serve with this unit in the 1970s, and was extremely proud to command my detachment of the best Intelligence professionals in the Army.