Mental Stress On U.S. Soldiers
In Afghanistan, there is little reason to think that the United States can decisively defeat the Taliban. United States has mismanaged the war, General Stanley McChrystal has requested an additional 40,000 troops. And a president that Obama announced (video) his Afghanistan strategy March 27, 2009 and still has not committed to a decision as of November 5, 2009. When McChrystal stated that more troops were needed, Obama moved to stop McChrystal, from publicly challenging policy. Soldiers are watching every move Obama makes, they see him flip-flopping with Afghanistan and Iran, they see his lack of concern with soldiers and their welfare in Afghanistan, they see a so called “commander in chief” ignore top generals to play basketball and golf. U.S. Soldiers see a president that refuses to honor the American Flag while calling himself “The President.” The United States is once again at the crossroads of losing another critical war because of Democrats, only this time in Afghanistan. All this makes a soldier wonder, why am I fighting for this country, risking my life while the “commander in chief” jokes with my life.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan who killed 12 people and wounded 31 others at Fort Hood, Texas, was an Army psychiatrist who arrived at Fort Hood in July after practicing for six years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington which included a fellowship in disaster and preventive psychiatry. Hasan was registered to practice, and Maryland, where he received his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, revealed no disciplinary actions or formal complaints. For all the anti-gun readers, this is not your regular “gun crime” this is an Army psychiatrist, a doctor, a MILITARY SOLDIER that was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq on November 28, 2009. Nidal Malik Hasan, is responsible for the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base, 12 dead, 31 wounded.
View Interactive Military suicide rates tend to increase during wartime. In October sixteen American soldiers killed themselves in the U.S. and on duty overseas. The mental health of the nation’s military personnel continue to surge. The October suicide figures mean that at least 134 active-duty soldiers have taken their own lives so far this year. Was Hasan mentally stable for combat? Hasan was a devout Muslim, he prayed every day at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, MD, he had endured name-calling and harassment for being a Muslim for years after the Sept. 11, attacks. For years Hasan asked to be discharged from the military. Remember this is a psychiatrist, under stress, he spent much of his professional career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington counseling soldiers returning with psychological problems, broken marriages, the mental afflictions, the frayed nerves, desertions and mostly post-traumatic stress disorder, victims of trauma. Hasan had some “difficulties” that required counseling and extra supervision as an intern. Hasan spoke openly of his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and he wanted out of the military.
Hasan like many soldiers in Afghanistan was depressed and deeply delusional. He was scheduled for deployment on the 28 of this month. He didn’t want to go where many soldiers feel that they are risking their lives, colleagues have died, no exit strategy, and a president that cannot decide on troop welfare. Soldiers are angry about being in Afghanistan, they are depressed, they want to get back with their families, they are tired, strained and confused. They turn to American support and all they see is a “commander in chief” who doesn’t care, playing basketball/golf is more important, a president that use Afghanistan elections to stall decision on troop movement, a Nation that has made celebrities out of the elected first family, Democrats and Republican arguing over every pity issue on earth. TROOP MORALE IS DOWN on and off the battlefield. The worst part is soldiers cannot say anything about it, even the administration opinions fall on deaf ears. Suicide is emerging as the military’s newest conflict. Let me remind you, sixteen American soldiers killed themselves in October, 134 active-duty soldiers killed themselves this year.
Stanley McChrystal wants more than 40,000 new troops in Afghanistan by year-end. If they mentally unstable like Hasan, the U.S. faces has a “mission failure” on the homeland. Obama know that if the United States walks away from Afghanistan now he will be accuse of capitulating to terrorism and undermining our security. Obama has to face the issues of soldiers mentally capable of combat, and accept the responsibility of unstable soldiers committing acts of suicide or intentional friendly fire. The United States is in Afghanistan for the long haul. Hasan received a poor performance evaluation and was “pretty upset” about his deployment to Iraq. Nidal Malik Hasan being in the military was a disastrous mistake. What’s Your Opinion?
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