Killing of Comrades by 'Stressed Out' Soldier in Iraq: Inevitable?
By Greg Mitchell
NEW YORK (May 11, 2009) -- The slaughter of five comrades by a "stressed out" U.S. soldier in Baghdad is a true tragedy -- but should not come as a shock.
Paul Rieckhoff, head of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said this afternoon: ... Many troops are under great psychological strain and are not receiving the treatment they need. Over 600,000 troops have served more than one combat tour since 9/11. Military suicide rates have hit record highs every year since 2003. Much more must be done to address troops' psychological injuries before they reach a crisis point."
And remember: We still have as many soldiers in Iraq as we did before the surge -- and are sending thousands more to Afghanistan.