Friday, February 4, 2011

Senate Report on Hasan Murders

In November 2009, Maj Nidal Hasan gunned down 13 innocent victims in an attack that was the result of his conversion to a brand of Muslim extremism. At the time, I laid part of the blame at the feet of political correctness in the U.S. Military, Political Correctness Runs Amok - 13 Dead. Yesterday a Senate report of the investigation was finally released, page 4 news of course, that confirmed what I had said.
It charges that evidence of Hasan’s radicalization was “on full display” to his superiors, and that an instructor and colleague “each referred to Hasan as a ‘ticking time bomb,’” but no action was taken to discharge him and his evaluations were sanitized.
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Military supervisors, the report said, had the authority to discipline or discharge Hasan. But it concluded that the Defense Department did not inform or train commanders about how to recognize someone radicalized to Islamic extremism or how to distinguish that from the peaceful practice of Islam.

To repeat myself: From my experience as a veteran officer of 22 years, I know that problems like this are frequently tougher for commander's to deal with than the life or death decisions of war fighting. That is because making the wrong move can wreck your career in a case like this. Tough. Everyday you come to work, your career could be wrecked, it comes with the territory, do the right thing.

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