The best spin that the US military can put on the Kandahar bloodbath is that it was one insane bad apple who did it. But Bales was a soldier they promoted and feted as a poster boy in newspaper articles and military periodicals.
US soldier accused of Afghan massacre undergoes sanity review - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan Online Newspaper:
"John Henry Browne said, the review of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales by Army doctors will start Sunday and could last three to seven days. He has not entered a plea. The Army is seeking the death penalty.
Bales, a father of 2, is accused of being drunk when he crept away from a remote U.S. combat post on foot in the predawn hours of March 11 and gunning down Afghans in their homes."