Cynical Synapse

Fri, 06 Nov 2009

Massacre at Fort Hood—The Enemy Within

Rescue workers evacuate a casualty

We mourn the killing of 12 Warriors and a civilian at Fort Hood, along with wounding 30 others. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, especially, and the entire Fort Hood community. On November 5th, Major Malik Nadal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, went on a shooting spree which ended with his being wounded and captured.

Major Malik Nidal Hasan

As for motive, we don’t know yet. What has come out is Hasan has made pro-Islamist comments, including praising suicide bombers and being being happy about PFC William Long’s assassination at the North Little Rock, AR, recruiting station. He reportedly made condemned US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, argued with other Soldiers who supported them, and was trying to get out of deploying to Iraq later this month. Contrary to some reports, Hasan has always been a Muslim; he’s not a convert. He is reported to have Allahu Akbar—God is great—before opening fire. There are even reports law enforcement became aware of Hasan 6 months ago as a result of inflammatory Internet posts. With all that stacked up, the Fort Hood massacre is a case of domestic Jihad, pure and simple.

Permit me to digress and point out some of the other aspects that anger me about this. First, Hasan joined the Army for a free medical education. When you do that, you make a commitment to serve X years after becoming a doctor. If you are in the Army, you are going to deploy to Iraq, Afghanistan, or Kosovo, if not all three. Someone who doesn’t want to deploy should never have joined the Army. Since the Global War on Terror overseas contingency operations surpassed 8 years, Hasan knew what he was getting himself into. Second, military officers take a solemn oath of office. The oath is not a collection of mere words; I provide it here for your consideration:

I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

As for Hasan’s statements, both to individuals and on the Web, he was failing to support the Constitution and by trying to get out of his deployment, he was failing to defend the Constitution. He clearly did not bear truth faith and allegience. In fact, he demonstrates clear purpose of evasion to me by fraudulently stealing a medical education from the US Army while holding and expressing views clearly contrary to the policy of his government. Don’t get me wrong. He’s entitled to his opinion and he’s entitled to discuss politics and policy, but as an Army officer, his job is to carry out the policy his government tells him to. The Army has 7 values; Hasan failed to live up to any them:

  • Loyalty—nope, clearly not this one
  • Duty—gee, not this one either
  • Respect—afraid not
  • Selfless Service—obviously not
  • Honor—certainly not yesterday
  • Integrity—again, not at all
  • Personal Courage—questionable, but I think not

Fort Hood location

Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama was silent for 2 days after PFC Long’s murder in North Little Rock. The President didn’t wait to make a statement about the attack on America’s military at Fort Hood. Well, not too long, anyway. First, Obama gave a shout out and schmoozed his cronies. He doesn’t get to Fort Hood until 2:28. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up!

I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow (ph) was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It’s good to see you.

By the way, about that Commander-in-Chief thing: how’s that strategy for Afghanistan coming? Two service members were killed in Afghanistan yesterday. Two who failed to return from a resupply mission the previous day were confirmed drowned yesterday. So, November 5th saw the loss of 17 US citizens in “overseas contingency operations”, including the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Center, which isn’t really overseas last time I checked. How about do your damn job, Mr. President? You took an Oath, too.

Update:

08 Nov 2009

Pres. Bush visits a wounded Warrior in 2007

Former President George W. Bush visited Fort Hood’s wounded Soldiers with his wife, Laura, on Friday evening. During the November 6th visit, the Bushes also thanked the Darnell Army Medical Center staff for their excellent care for the wounded Soldiers.

The Bushes weren’t the first VIPs to show their concern and compasion for the wounded Soldiers and their families, however. The previous evening—the day of the shooting—Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw the hospitalized Soldiers and their families. Perry said he was humbled by the positive attitudes exhibited by those he talked with.

As for the sitting president? Obama went just up the street to Walter Reed to visit wounded Warriors on Friday. While he spent more time there than originally planned, the visit was previously scheduled and not in response to the Fort Hood massacre.

Hmmm. Two Republicans visit the victims of domestic Jihad. A Democrat keeps his regular schedule. Just sayin…

8 Comments

  1. I too noticed that he took the time to talk to his cronies first and the little laugh he gave during that schmoozing just made me cringe. I was beginning to think I was the only one who had noticed that the soldiers in this instance ranked SECOND – nice coming from our Commander-in-Chief.

    Comment by Glenda — Fri, 06 Nov 2009 @ 4:06 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your thoughts, Glenda.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Fri, 06 Nov 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  2. I had FOX news on around 5:00 yesterday. The anchors said “Obama to address the Ft. Hood..”.

    So, I waited for a few and he came on… Upbeat and giving shout out’s.

    I watched for about 1 1/2 min’s and switched the TV off in disgust.

    Comment by steve — Fri, 06 Nov 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  3. I considered posting on this matter and have given a lot of thought on what to say, as this single issue could warrant a chapter if not a book. But I could have never put it better than you. You covered the entire spectrum of this issue. And there’s not one single point I disagree with you on, having served 8 years during the Vietnam era, including how Obama handled it.

    Just this AM I was saying the red flags were waving and screaming so loud a blind deaf person couldn’t have helped but notice. And if our Commander-in-chief doesn’t address at least that with our federal police, then this will be just another of his failures.

    Comment by The Old Man — Sat, 07 Nov 2009 @ 9:41 am

  4. @Steve: I just don’t understand it. It’s bizarre.

    @The Old Man: Thanks for your thoughts. Sometimes I think I tend to ramble, but I wanted to cover both sides of the Fort Hood tragedy.

    Comment by Cynical Synapse — Sat, 07 Nov 2009 @ 11:46 am

  5. That Fort Hood incident is so terribly tragic, man. I think it just rips open 9/11 all over again in a lot of ways. People need to keep in mind this wasn’t Islam that killed those people, this was one crazy man. The difference is critical.

    Comment by teamowens313 — Sat, 07 Nov 2009 @ 8:41 pm

  6. Former president George W. Bush and Texas Gov. Rick Perry visited the wounded Soldiers and their families. I’ve updated the post to represent this. I also had to find another version of Pres. Obama’s remarks since the original one I used “disappeared”.

    Comment by cynicalsynapse — Sun, 08 Nov 2009 @ 7:01 pm


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