This is rich. Steven Green–the U.S. soldier accused of raping 15 year old Abeer Qasim Hamza and then killing her and three other members of her family including a 7 year old child in Mahmudiya four months ago–was discharged from the army due to a “personality disorder:”
The former soldier, Steven D. Green, 21, had recently been discharged from the Army for a “personality disorder,” the prosecutors said. They said Mr. Green and other soldiers had discussed the rape in advance and carried out the crimes after drinking alcohol, leaving a checkpoint and changing from their uniforms into black clothing.
I know that the Army screens recruits using psychological tests. What went wrong that they didn’t catch this loon before he went on this demented spree??! Certainly, psychopaths have been known to mask their mania and possibly this guy did so. But the fact that the Army let this creep into its ranks speaks incredibly poorly to their screening process for weeding out bad apples.
Could it possibly be that the Army is so desperate for bodies, any bodies, that it overlooks little peccadilloes like the fact that the guy is a stark raving loon? Oh sure, they’ll throw the book at him despite the fact that he’s probably seriously mentally ill. But this crime is emblematic of the rotten nature of our entire adventure in Iraq. No, I don’t mean that all U.S. troops do what this turd and his buddies did. But our occupation of Iraq places our troops in these situations in which they wield life or death over the heads of innocent Iraqis. This type of power clearly corrupts the faculties and corrodes the self-control of even the average Joe (not that Steven Green is mind you). Isn’t it about time to bring ’em home??
I’m sorry for being dyspeptic since Independence Day just passed and I’m supposed to be waving the flag and supporting the troops and all. But it’s a bit hard for me to muster the requisite patriotism in the face of stories like this one.