View Full Version : Missing The Point On Fort Hood?

11-16-2009, 08:55 PM
In some respects, last week's murderous rampage by Major Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood presents a challenge to the United States even greater than that of 9/11.
Last week's shootings were perpetrated by a native born citizen of the United States who came under the sway of radical Islamism.

After 9/11 the U.S. embarked on a war against terror directed at targets deemed to have served as bases for the attackers.


How exactly does America address the problem of incipient terrorist-citizens in the context of a legal system geared to react to criminal acts - a system that prides itself on presumption of innocence, antipathy toward racial profiling and affirmative action for minorities?

Thus, the ultimate questions are not whether authorities missed the signs of Hasan's impending onslaught or failed to take appropriate measures to thwart it. The more enduring issue is whether there exists a systemic culture that led them to such failures. And that is why we think it highly fortuitous that Joe Lieberman is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

A former state attorney general with a reputation for saying it like it is, Mr. Lieberman has announced he will hold hearings on the Fort Hood massacre. As an Independent, he is well positioned to get as close as possible to the unvarnished truth. Indeed, the last thing our country needs is a partisan battle on such a monumental issue

Maj. Hasan seems to have had a series of far less than satisfactory performance ratings, yet he was regularly promoted. He was known to American intelligence as someone who regularly railed against the American war on terror and what he called "oppression" of Muslims.

He was known to have tried to make contact with people linked to al Qaeda, and FBI and army investigators reportedly intercepted communications between Hasan and Anwar al-Aulaqi, an extremist imam believed to have ties with Osama bin Laden.

Based on what we already know, it certainly would appear that political correctness dictated the way the military and intelligence communities responded to all the red flags raised by Maj. Hasan's behavior.

The signs were all there and if they had been pursued, thirteen people would still be with us. The overriding question is why they were not pursued, something Sen. Lieberman will now look into.

And while he does, we would hope he would ask the army chief of staff, Gen. George Casey, exactly what Casey meant to signal when he said,
"As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well"
because "a diverse army gives us strength."

We would have thought that someone of Gen. Casey's rank and responsibility would be preoccupied with a concern for how and why a murderous jihadist in the military could have gone undetected rather than with how the jihadist's killing spree will impact on other Muslim soldiers.

This is serious business and no place for political correctness.