Cross-posted by Gary Fouse
Nidal Malik Hasan
It is truly depressing to learn day after day how many red flags were out there staring the US Army in the face about Nidal Malik Hasan. One can only ask; why was this man allowed to remain in the military?
Now we know that Hasan worshipped at a northern Virginia mosque at the same time two of the 9-11 hijackers worshipped there. That could have been purely coincidental except that the Mosque's imam is a radical now living in Yemen who has now called Hasan a hero.
Now we know that Hasan had made numerous inflammatory statements about our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now we know that he made a power point presentation to his fellow Army doctors that should have alerted everyone to his views.
Now we hear that his e-mails had been intercepted by intelligence agencies; e-mails that indicated he was trying to contact Al-Qaida.
Now we learn that the DOD did a background on Hasan months ago and decided he was ok.
The Army knew that this man was highly suspicious. Not only did they leave him in the Army, they promoted him to Major.
Apparently, Army Chief of Staff George Casey has given us the answer. Diversity.
Even now in the wake of this tragedy, a tragedy that should have been prevented, General Casey is wringing his hands and worrying about the Army "losing its diversity".
The Army had diversity when I served in the 1960s. The Army will always have diversity. No, what this Army has too much of is political correctness. Only political correctness could have allowed this Hasan character to remain in his position in the face of all these red flags. Now we see the result. Thirteen dead.
When will this political correctness madness end? To compound the Army's error, we now see the media engaging in political correctness. Chris Matthews is even saying that the Army should have granted conscientious objector status to Hasan! Think that's outrageous? Try this on for size (also from Matthews).
"That's not a crime to call up Al Qaida"
The Army should have bounced this guy right out on his ear, that's what they should have done. Now it is too late. Thirteen dead on the altar of political correctness.