New York Post
By MICHAEL A. WALSH
Let's start by stating the most obvious conclusion to be drawn from the re cent report by Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins concerning the Fort Hood massacre: Unless we expunge it from our national discourse, political correctness gets Americans killed.
On Nov. 5, 2009, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an American citizen, a radicalized Muslim, a psychiatrist and, in the words of the report, "a ticking time bomb," shot up a soldier readiness center on America's largest active-duty Army base, killing 12 military personnel and one civilian, and wounding 32 others. It was a direct assault on the armed forces of the United States by a self-proclaimed "Soldier of Allah" (written on his business cards) who shouted the Muslim incantation Allahu akbar before opening fire.
It's hard to imagine a clearer example of the asymmetrical warfare a free and welcoming country fights against cowardly opponents who refuse to abide by the laws of war, but there it was.
In any other war, someone like Maj. Hasan would never have gotten close to the Army, never have been handled with kid gloves, and never been promoted.
What was the Army thinking? That if we could just get our enemies to like us, all this unpleasantness will soon be over?
America bent over backward after 9/11 to assure Muslims that we weren't at war with Islam. Our country offered the hand of friendship to people like Maj. Hasan -- ignoring his radicalism, his praise of suicide bombers, his sympathy for Osama bin Laden and his belief that his religion, as the report notes, "took precedence over the US Constitution he swore to support and defend as a US military officer . . . Hasan's statements about the primacy of religious law occurred as he was supporting a violent extremist interpretation of Islam and suggesting that this radical ideology justified opposition to US policy and could lead to fratricide in the ranks."
He certainly was right about that.
Did anybody, from the fruit-salad brass to our crack intelligence services, do anything about it? Of course not.
Lieberman and Collins put their fingers on the problem: "Despite Hasan's overt displays of radicalization to violent Islamist extremism, Hasan's superiors failed to discipline him, refer him to counterintelligence officials or seek to discharge him. One of the officers who reported Hasan to superiors opined that Hasan was permitted to remain in service because of 'political correctness' and ignorance of religious practices."
It couldn't be much clearer than that.
Since the Clinton administration, the military has been subjected to an unprecedented assault on its core values, its traditions and its honor. It's become a laboratory for social experiment as its desk-jockey officer corps clamber up the greasy pole of promotion -- and, just as in civilian life, getting people like Maj. Hasan promoted in the name of the dubious virtue "diversity" was one such path.
It's time for that to stop. If anybody should be in the business of clear-headed threat analysis, it's the US military. "Political correctness," which literally seeks to make certain speech unthinkable, should have no place in a free society.
On Dec. 8, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress. We all remember his famous opening: "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy . . ." But the words that followed were what rallied Americans:
"As commander-in-chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory . . . We will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us."
The men and women of our armed forces are fully prepared to die on the battlefield, when we ask them to. What we should never do is ask them to die on the altar of political correctness.
I still find it confusing that the US Military cannot bear arms on military installations unless they are on a security detail. One of my email buddies from overseas asked my why someone hadn't returned fire as he had been surrounded by active duty personnel in uniform. I had to reply it was some earlier ruling that forbade the practice. She was surprised to say the least.
Ms Smith, Perhaps a better argument is Liar Obamas father was a Passport Carrier from Kenya, and a British subject, therefore the birth certificate is of less impotrance because both of your birth parents must be natural born citizens to produce a duly qualified candidate. Obama is and never was a legitimate candidate, he has lied on 50 or more State election affidavits to be placed on 50 state ballots, outright lies as he wasa British Subject at birth, and knows the truth. He has at least 8 different social security numbers, was kicked out of the bar in Illinois for some reason along with his wife and will not let us see his records. His passport from Indonesia to attend school, here in the United States, where did his education funds come from, his family where Goat Herders at $1/per day. Not much left for school in the US.. There are deep studies into his Lies about attending Columbia University no one knows of him nor are their any Professors that had him in a Class. If you can please respond and tell me how he became President without committing FRAUD? Our Congressmen are cowards they will not stand up and be counted but slide around the truth like snakes in a pit. Washigton Cowards NOT EVEN ANINQUIRY FOR THE TRUTH SEEKERS...THE HOUSE SPEAKER IS SO FAR BEHIND TIMES HE DOSEN'T EVEN KNOW THERE IS NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN HAWAII, WILL SOMEBODY TELL BOHNIER THAT GOV ARCROMBIE DID NOT FIND THE LONGFORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND NO HAWAIIAN HOSPITAL HAS AN ADMISSION RECORD OF ANNE DUNHAM EVER...BORN IN A DUMPSTER?
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TWO IGNORANT COMMUNISTS..HATE THE UNITED STATES THEY HAVE THE EDUCATION BUT HATE AND WANT TO DESTROY OUR SYSTEM> WE WILL DESTROY THEIR IGNORANCE..CAN YOU IMAGINE TWO HIGHLY EDUCATED OR PENCILED IN STUDENTS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RESPECT OUR FLAG. THEY MUST BE FROM KENYA OR INDONESIA OR SOMETHING, Cheated their way into the presidentcy, where are the documents who saw the Documents..Is their a Safety Box Does the Government have copies?
Monday on Fox news we learned that the staffers of Congress family members are "exempt" from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?