US Army officer's outrage over the political correctness that led to Fort Hood murders
The Army as an institution has been neutered by decades of political correctness and the leaders in Hasan’s chain-of-command failed to act accordingly out of fear of being labeled anti-Muslim and receiving a negative evaluation report. The counter-terrorism agencies knew Hasan was communicating with Al-Qaeda and dismissed it as academic research instead of delving deeper into the probability that a terrorist had infiltrated the ranks.All army officials have a right to be angry at the top brass for neglecting their responsibilities and leading to their lives being endangered. Similarly, they have a right now to demand a change in leadership that will act responsibly, and, if another Islamist in the army is discovered to be potentially violent and even have ties to terror, the army top brass will move immediately to take restraining maneuvers against him without concerning themselves with cultural sensitivity.
Even four hours after Hasan stood on a desk yelling Allahu Akbar! and opened fire, the FBI stated that they were not investigating the attack as an act of terrorism even as there were still reports of other gunmen on the loose. Meanwhile, the Army continues to dismiss it as a “tragedy” and an “isolated incident by a lone gunman” while the media has invented the psychological condition of post-traumatic stress disorder by proxy. There is more concern for promoting the appropriate information operation campaign and maintaining the illusion of safety than there is for actually exposing the weaknesses and faults in the system that allowed this to happen. We’re even being told that damage to the Army’s efforts at diversity would be a greater tragedy than the murder of the twelve soldiers — how ironic the week of Veterans’ Day.
This has nothing to do with being anti-Islamic. After numerous tours to Iraq and working with countless cultural advisors on Ft. Bragg, I know dozens of Muslims who I respect and admire greatly. This has everything to do with force protection and security being trumped by the concepts of political correctness and diversity. This has everything to do with a hypocritical system and culture that breeds timidity and dismissiveness in the interest of career advancement. If I preached a white-supremacist ideology or described Timothy McVeigh as a hero to the cause of freedom and liberty, how long do you think I would still be in the military drawing a salary, receiving educational benefits and getting promoted like Hasan did?
That said, at the Weekly Standard, they have a sad prediction:
Major Keller will get in more trouble for writing this, than anyone in Hasan’s chain of command or elsewhere in the government will get for failing to do their job.Or more than even Hasan himself did. That's why I'd recommend: be ready to come to Major Keller's defense, and help him stand up to any PC-ridden charlatans who'd be foolish enough to turn against him for speaking in the army's defense.
Update: Life News (via Michelle Malkin) reminds everyone that there was a 14th victim of Malik Nidal Hasan's bloodbath:
It was beyond heartbreaking, seeing a young widow pausing before a picture of her beloved soldier, killed not on the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan, but on the presumably safe spot of Fort Hood, Texas.This is another reason why Hasan should receive the death sentence for his crime.
I had to turn away from the television screen, the pain on her face was so great.
In the massive media coverage following Major Nidal Hasan’s killing spree at the military post, I have heard over and over again about the death toll from the tragedy.
But seldom mentioned is the most hidden victim — soldier Francheska Velez’s unborn baby. Velez was on maternity leave when she stopped at Ft. Hood, where she and the child she carried in her womb fell victim to Hasan’s bullet.
In the interest of true justice, Hasan should be prosecuted under the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as Laci and Conner’s law, named for the pregnant woman and unborn baby who were murdered in California by Scott Peterson, the baby’s father.
Update 2: the army merely ordered Hasan to attend religion lectures (also via Hot Air)? More disturbing however is that the psychiatrists at the Walter Reed Center otherwise did not think he posed a danger, strongly suggesting that they weren't worthy of their positions either.
Update 3: the National Post in Canada (via Hot Air Headlines) talks about the Fort Hood double-standard, and even mentions one that took place at Duke University.