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INTEL DUMP – More info about former pfc who raped a 14 year old.

July 14, 2006

I had been curious about the “personality disorder” mentioned in previous articles about the former private. I read this article.
Mr. Carter makes a brief comment, excerpts the NY Times article, then provides much more info. [brief geek moment: if the Times asks for your password, check out BugMeNot to get a login, there is even a firefox plugin, so all you have to do is right click, and potentially get a login.(end of geek moment, ty for your patience)]

Friday’s New York Times carries a thorough piece by Jim Dwyer and Bob Worth on the history of Private Steven D. Green, who now stands accused of rape and murder for the grisly killing of a family near Mahmudiyah, Iraq:

On the last day of January 2005, Steven D. Green, the former Army private accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her family, sat in a Texas jail on alcohol-possession charges, an unemployed 19-year-old high school dropout who had just racked up his third misdemeanor conviction.

Days later, Mr. Green enlisted in a soldier-strapped Army, and was later assigned to a star-crossed unit to serve on an especially murderous patch of earth.

He arrived at the very moment that the Army was increasing by nearly half the rate at which it granted what it calls “moral waivers” to potential recruits. The change opened the ranks to more people like Mr. Green, those with minor criminal records and weak educational backgrounds. In Mr. Green’s case, his problems were emerging by junior high school, say people who knew him then.

Mr. Green’s Army waiver allowed a troubled young man into the heart of a war that bore little resemblance to its original declared purposes, but which continued to need thousands of fresh recruits.

Now, there is shame and rage in the Army — from the ranks of the enlisted to the officer corps — over the crimes attributed to Mr. Green, who was discharged in April on psychiatric grounds, and four other soldiers charged with a rape and four killings in March in Mahmudiya, a town about 20 miles south of Baghdad. A sixth soldier was charged with failing to report the matter after learning about it.

It’s a tragic case in nearly every respect — but especially for the Iraqis involved, and for the effect this atrocity will have on our efforts to secure and rebuild Iraq.

It did not have to be this way. The Army has incurred substantial risk over the past few years by adjusting its recruiting and retention standards in order to make ends meet. As Owen West and I wrote in “Dismissed!” for Slate in June 2005, this has the potential for serious blowback:

[Its me, again] This is a sign of how desperate the situation in Iraq is. Civil war is rampant, and the Iraqis are being killed at the rate of 40+ per day…. We must get out now! For a horrifying list of (some?) of the horrific things that we are directly responsible for. Today in Iraq (a collection of news articles about the executions, to use an awful, yet I’m afraid, truthful, word) and Riverbend(She lives in Baghdad, you can’t get more real than that). Since we aren’t protesting in the street to let the WORLD know that we are appalled at the war, what else can they think, but that we support “stay the course.” Not Me! Lets retreat to the horizon (I believe that’s what Murtha called it). The article(s) are important, go check it out.

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