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12NOV2009 Angry Veteran Ranting, part one-hundred... (well, post 219 on this blog...)

More and more, as the days go by, we learn more and more about how political correctness and excessive sensitivity assisted greatly with a lack of communication between Federal law enforcement agencies and the Dept. of Defense! People weren't listening, people were looking the other way in fear of repercussions from CAIR and the ACLU or the MEO (Military Equal Opportunity) Office. President Obama is currently ordering an intelligence review (http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9BU5G982&show_article=1) in regards to this incident at Ft. Hood. What is incredibly frustrating is this from that article:
“The FBI confirmed this week that the U.S. government knew about 10 to 20 e-mails between Hasan and a radical imam beginning in December 2008.”
From NPR we have an article based on their interviews with Hasan's co-workers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center which contradict the first comments from Hasan's Imam and family who said 'he was a good soldier' and 'never expressed any radical Islamic' views. In the military, its obvious that they need to take a soldiers co-workers points of view about not being in a foxhole with them much more seriously!
“One official involved in the conversations had reportedly told colleagues that he worried that if Hasan deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, he might leak secret military information to Islamic extremists. Another official reportedly wondered aloud to colleagues whether Hasan might be capable of committing fratricide, like the Muslim U.S. Army sergeant who, in 2003, killed two fellow soldiers and injured 14 others by setting off grenades at a base in Kuwait.”
(http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120313570)
We can see that this is not the first time that a Muslim soldier with radical Islamic views has acted in a violent manner toward his fellow soldiers in a blatant act of betrayal and treason along with murder. When soldiers don't trust a Muslim soldier, typically there is a basis in reality; most of the Muslim soldiers that are trusted have actually earned such trust, those that aren't trusted are not trusted for good reason. I can tell you about some of the Muslim soldiers, to include Chaplains, who have done so much for us and increased our ability to interface with the local population in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those who have lost the trust of their comrades need to be removed and watched closely, there is typically reasons for this necessity. Why? Critical intelligence could be compromised along with compromising national security, and incidents like the 2003 grenade attack in Kuwait and now Ft. Hood on the 5th of November 2009.

Maj. Hasan's superiors at Walter Reed did indeed notice suspicious behavior, and I strongly suspect that they acted rather passively due to the very real fear of legal reprisal from Maj. Hasan through the MEO Office. This is no joke, whenever someone who is not a White Christian Male complains about anything, the MEO Office takes seriously and acts in a manner similar to the Spanish Inquisition (NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!) ensuring the accused is guilty until proven innocent and sent to 'sensitivity training' and letters of reprimand through Article 15 Non-Judicial Punishment is meted out (and in some cases, especially in very real cases of sexual assault, Court Martial).

'Meanwhile, the Pentagon has found no evidence that Hasan formally sought release from the Army as a conscientious objector or for any other reason, two senior military officials told The Associated Press. Family members have said he wanted to get out of the Army and had sought legal advice, suggesting that Hasan's anxiety as a Muslim over his pending deployment overseas might have been a factor in the deadly rampage.

Hasan had complained privately to colleagues that he was harassed for his religion and that he wanted to get out of the Army. But there is no record of Hasan filing a complaint with his chain of command regarding any harassment he may have suffered for being Muslim or any record of him formally seeking release from the military, the officials told the AP.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is under investigation.
Another Army official, Lt. Col. George Wright, said Wednesday that Hasan likely would have had to commit to another year in the military when he was transferred to Fort Hood earlier this summer. It is common for an officer to incur a one-year service extension when they receive a transfer to another post.

An Army officer can request a discharge and offer to repay his education costs funded by the military, but in many instances such a request would be denied because it is difficult and takes several years to replace officers at that level.

"It's not unusual for medical officers to be funded by the government," Wright said, "and there is an active duty service obligation to repay that educational funding."'
(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091111/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_fort_hood_shooting)

Despite opportunities to actually confront anyone harassing him, and legally resign his commission and get out of the Army, he did none of these beyond whining (yes whining or venting) to his co-workers about doing it. Instead of using the MEO Office for its intended purpose, in Hasan's case, any actual harassment about his ethnic background and faith; it seems to me that the MEO Office and Inquisitorial procedure stood in the way of actual legitimate concern about his radical Islamic leanings in his daily interaction with his fellow soldiers. Having been in the military, and having to have gone through annual MEO briefings, along with other annual briefings that are required by to deploy with similar messages (like Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Inappropriate Relationships, Homosexual Policy, and many, many more Annual Training requirements... With at least 30 Power Point Slides and guidelines from the Pentagon down to the local unit level....), soldiers were paralyzed by policy from expressing the concern of 'I don't want him in my foxhole' veto power based on the manner in which Hasan argued against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are very few units in the US Military that have that kind of authority to deny someone from deploying or serving in a unit, too bad it only seems reserved to the highly specialized units. In this case, I believe it should be considered much more seriously. Not only should a soldiers superiors rate him, but his subordinates and co-workers to some extent should have some input, after all in a team there is a matter of trust. The man on your left and right ARE truly your concern, they are going to get you out alive and you will likely get them out alive also. Obviously such a system would need be taken with a grain of salt in some cases, but should be considered to some degree.

There was always the opportunity for Maj. Hasan to be come a conscientious objector and say “Due to my Islamic faith, there is a moral conflict of interest and I am not going to bear arms against my people” and I'm sure that would send off the right flags to get him out of the Army after his Military Service Obligation ended and keep him from deploying overseas. But that would require a certain amount of moral courage that obviously he didn't have, or perhaps he was planning on carrying out an act of war against the United States in the first place inserting himself in the Army. Who knows for sure at this point. With the CIA and FBI constantly under scrutiny for 'violating' peoples rights during the Bush Administration, with endless investigations from the House and Senate with high profile members of the Democratic Majority constantly hammering down on them crushing department morale, initiative, and ingenuity; I believe an investigation should be started not only in the agencies that failed to flag and remove the threat, but into the forces pushing certain Congressmen and Congresswomen to constantly whip the CIA and FBI. What political organizations are encouraging Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid? This is a factor that should be taken into consideration in much the same way that it was investigated in the 9/11 Commission Report about how those agencies had their hands tied and communication severed by the Attorney General Janet Reno (who was assisted by the current Attorney General Robert Holder!).

Politics must not interfere with the defense of our nation. Any politician that does willfully interfere with the defense of this nation is a liability to national security and an asset to the enemies of the Constitution of the United States of America; and therefore should be investigated with an eye toward treason. If it turns out that political correctness killed 12 soldiers and 1 civilian at Ft. Hood, its time to remove politicians from office on charges of treason. We are at war, and war is an equal opportunity killer that knows no political or religious sensitivity; we need to commit to victory or work toward terms of surrender if the enemy can be negotiated with. Those are the only two aims in war, anything in the middle is a betrayal of those who fight. Surrender advocates need to make themselves known and be completely honest about it, and quit hiding behind a false face of mediocrity, political correctness, and the wasted phrase of “we support the soldiers but not the war” while delaying decisions to send more troops or pull troops out of Afghanistan costing my brothers and sisters their lives on the field of battle. Victory or Defeat, chose one, for there is no other option in war. In our case, I strongly suspect defeat will mean the end of the United States as we know it in much the same manner as the end of Rome (and the beginning of the subsequent 'Dark Ages').

“The historians can't seem to settle whether to call this one 'The Third Space War' (or the fourth), or whether 'The First Interstellar War' fits it better. We just call it 'The Bug War.' Everything up to then and still later were 'incidents,' 'patrols' or 'police actions.' However, you are just as dead if you buy the farm in an 'incident' as you are if you buy it in a declared war...
R.A. Heinlein “Starship Troopers” (not to be mistaken for the 1997 erroneously called the same thing)

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