Monday, November 9, 2009

Security before political correctness

Sen. Joe Lieberman and I don't end up on the same side of issues much these days, but the senator is absolutely correct in calling for an investigation into whether the government and/or the military missed indications that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged gunman in the Fort Hood shootings, held potentially dangerous extremist views. An Associated Press story today said that classmates of Hasan’s in a 2007-08 master’s degree program at a military college told members of the faculty about Hasan’s apparent anti-American beliefs, including a presentation he made that justified suicide bombing and remarks to classmates that Islamic law overrode the U.S. Constitution. At that point, the faculty members should have reported Hasan to his military higher-ups, and if the allegations against him were found to be true, he should have been removed from the military without delay. As Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs ... that he had become a Muslim extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance. He should have been gone.” The military, or the populace at large, should not be in the business of discriminating against Muslims solely because of their faith, but if a soldier shows any signs of favoring another country or his religion over the United States government and his fellow servicemen and women, appropriate action should be taken immediately. As the facts emerge, it's likely to become clear that people in positions of authority had multiple opportunities to, at the very least, kick Hasan out of the service. Their failure proved deadly.

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Blogger PRIguy said...

Political correctness is going to be the reason the ultimate demise of our culture. We're not supposed to offend anyone for fear of insulting or hurting their feelings in some way. What a load of crap. If it looks like a terrorist, acts like a terrorist, and talks like a terrorist, then it probably is a terrorist. We have to stop kissing everyone's asses for the sake of their feelings and address potential threats as just that...threats.

November 9, 2009 at 1:41 PM  
Anonymous x anonymous said...

You know, back in 98 my squad was fired upon by an MP. All of us in a joint exercise, except this crazy MP went off the deep end and was firing live rounds at us! Nobody got hit, maybe that is why it didn't make the news.

November 9, 2009 at 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People trained to kill actually killing people? Imagine that! OK, so he wa a shrink. They have problems, too. But I'll agree that someone should have realized what this guy was up to. But in the process of dehumanizing the enemy so our soldiers can kill without too much thought, we run the risk of their snapping.

November 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Dale Lolley said...

There are now stories emerging that this guy was in contact with Al-Quaida operatives and that the CIA had been following it.

November 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The FBI knew about Hassan a year ago, yet did nothing except investigate. But what else are we to do? Intern Muslims, the way we interned Japanese-Americans during WWII? Trouble is, Muslims don't "look Muslim." Should we imprison Irishmen because they might go off on a bender? Stand outside synagogues and ask the departing faithful if they plan to blow up a mosque on the way home? I guess the "problem" of living in a democracy is that we have the freedom to decide incorrectly what to do with potential threats. Unless we want to interrogate damn near everyone and live ina police state, we have to accept that these types of things will happen from time to time.

November 10, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Anonymous your friends? said...

You know Anonymous, my grandmother use to tell me something. "Tell me who your friends are, and I can tell you who you are". Still rings true today. Hassan & Al Qaeda. Obama and Van Jones. Obama & Rev Wright. Obama and Ayers.

Why is Obama holding back info on this terrorist? Call him what he is. He was in contact with Al Qaeda, and he killed unarmed troops. I wonder if he feels like a tough Muslim.

I hear Obama is going to visit Japan soon. said he wants to visit the nuked cities.

UH OH , shaping up to be some major apoligies from our APEASER-IN-CHIEF!!!!! wright and farrakan going along?

Obama is out of control. I hope he isn't planning a nuke strike!

November 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, your friends? -- now I can speak out, too!

OBAMA is a SECRET COMMIE AGENT whose mother was impregnated by LENIN himself, then kept cryogenically frozen until she could be thawed out to give birth to Barack, who was indoctrinated as a child by a SUPERSECRET ROBOT STALIN that had been created by NIKITA KRUSCHEV and LEE HARVEY OSWALD. John F. Kennedy uncovered the plot and had to be ASSASSINATED so it could come to fruition. Obama's real mission to Japan is to see the damage done in Hiroshima so he can use his GENETICALLY ALTERED ALIEN BLOOD to power EVEN MORE POWERFUL SUPERDUPERBOMBS that he will use to nuke KEY AMERICAN CITIES before turning the country over to OSAMA BIN LADEN, who is really MICHELLE OBAMA after REALLY GOOD PLASTIC SURGERY that was done by Ft. Hood TERRORIST HASSAN.

I'll sleep better tonight knowing that the plot has been unearthed by good, right-thinking AMERICANS like yerself.

November 10, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Anonymous **** !!!!!! &&&& ******* said...

why do you attack the person and not the issue anon?

your attempt to make me look like a conspiracy theorist didn't work.


November 10, 2009 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Kittens said...

Let me get this right. The Tea Party protesters are radicals? People that speak against the presidents health care adgenda, which is really a bail out for big pharm and insurance agencies are political terrorist?

Then this Hasan shows up. FBI is watching him, they know he is "in touch" with terrorist and nobody calls a terrorist a terrorist cause we might hurt his feelings?

I bet the left will blame Bush! When is our President going to take responsibility for something?

Brant I'm happy to see that you almost held the President responsible.

November 11, 2009 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

One wingnut on an Army base is not a case that's going to be brought to a president's attention. Somebody might have dropped the ball, but it wasn't Obama.

November 12, 2009 at 9:05 AM  
Anonymous new radicals said...

Brant, the FBI had this guy on radar, on an Army base and you don't think Obama knew his name?

Silly liberals!

November 12, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like they should have given this dude coordinates for Osama and turned him loose eight years ago.

November 12, 2009 at 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truman didn't know we had the A bomb until FDR died. You think those in power know everything?

November 12, 2009 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous new radicals said...

Truman didn't know we had the A bomb until FDR died. You think those in power know everything?

Are you saying that the President isn't the most powerful person in the United States? That he is just a puppet? I agree, but I think the Commander in Chief would know about a little Major in the Army if he was on the radar! If not you must agree this is the worst President since Hoover!

November 12, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's been proven time and again that Congress has more power than the president in that they can refuse to pass legislation he dearly wants. In fact, just one Congressman may have more power that the president if the president's party doesn't have enough votes to stop a filibuster. The president can only know what is told to him and can only make informed decisions if what is told to him is fact. Take, for example, Bush's claiming that Saddam has WMD. Did Bush know Saddam had WMD, or was he working under that assumption from what was told to him? I'd say a Veep's not knowing that his country has an atomic weapon makes it possible that no one told Obama about Hasan. If they tell the prez about every nut case in America, he'd have time for nothing else. Worst prez since Hoover? I think Bush already holds that title.

November 13, 2009 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous RutRO said...

CNN reported last night that Obama did read the emails from the major to al qaeda. sorry!

November 13, 2009 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

Why don't you provide us with a link to that story.

November 13, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"CNN reported last night that Obama did read the emails from the major to al qaeda. sorry!"
Nothing on or any other newspaper site that I can find, even the right-wing ones. Many report that the Army is saying no one told them a thing about the e-mails.

November 14, 2009 at 10:06 AM  
Anonymous yeller belly said...

obama has to protect his brothers in arms. why do you think he asked to keep it hush hush? why do you think he is not sending more troops like the general asked?


November 16, 2009 at 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is it with the resurgence of conspiracy theorists? Brothers in arms? I suppose if Clinton had won, you'd be saying that Hasan had a sex change operation and Hillary was protecting her sisters. I guess when things don't go the way you want, you figure there has to a massive coalition of (insert ideology here) that is working against your interests.

November 17, 2009 at 5:39 PM  

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