So I guess it's crazy to go kill a bunch of civilians, unless you are a flying robot, in which case it's collateral, um, ancillary, um, additional marginal killing, like, uh, incremental costs. Is there an IFRS for moral accountancy, a set of generally accepted principles? I take it this soldier, whom the Times calls Bob (Hi, Bob!), went totally nuts, obviously, because what kind of soldier kills people? THAT'S JUST THE STRESS TALKIN', MAN. He was on his fourth rotation. I'm sure if his supervisor had just signed off on allowing him to use some of those accrued vacation days . . .
President Oh, Bother managed to sound even more like a Junior High School Vice Principal than ever in his response. This does not represent our school spirit or Mustang pride. What is it with him? The more grievous the event, the less human he sounds--I expect that he weeps at the sound of the Tetris theme but can only manage to cough discretely and check his watch for the nineteenth time when Rodolfo cries Mimi's name for the last time.
Well obviously the soldier must be nuts, because were it not so, it would call into serious question the tragic narrative of Afghanistan . . . heroic, but cursed despite its best intentions--that seems to be the consensus these days. But I don't think the guy was crazy at all; or, I do think he was crazy, but crazy in the sense that all people whose chosen profession is the export of death are crazy. Four tours of duty in imperial wars as a volunteer? Fuck yeah he was crazy, but the fact of a few unauthorized killings is not the dispositive one here.