There is so much wrong with this case. Why did he get promoted when he had poor performance reviews? Why didn’t Army brass take action when his pro-terrorist writings, musings, arguments, and the like became known?
Now the military is saying they were aware that he tried to contact al Qaeda?
U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.
It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said.
I remember the good ‘ol days when we used to remove, isolate, interrogate, and possibly kill these threats. Now we just move them around, give them promotions, and let them work with our returning veterans.
Is political correctness to blame for this tragedy?
One person says that it is, and good American soldiers are dead because of a fear of being honest.
We must rid ourselves of the foolish notion that we’re being broadminded when we ignore vitriolic loathing of our culture and our lifestyle. Refusing to take action against evil for fear of being guilty of stereotyping has resulted in flag-draped coffins for thirteen of America’s finest. What occurred at Fort Hood is even more stunning because it exposes a weak-willed mentality that has become woven into the fabric of the mightiest military force in the history of the world.
Questions were being asked in Texas this weekend about the friendship between the US Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 people in a shooting spree at the Fort Hood military base last Thursday, and a young man called Duane Reasoner Jnr. Interviewed by the BBC on Friday, Reasoner said he felt no pity for Hasan’s victims because “they were troops who were going to Afghanistan and Iraq to kill Muslims”.
A tape of the interview, conducted by Gavin Lee of the BBC, has ended up on YouTube and other sites and is getting an angry response from Americans still shocked by Hasan’s deadly rampage.
Reasoner is 20 years younger than Hasan. The pair became friends through the local mosque in Killeen – the nearest town to the vast army camp – where Hasan regularly prayed and where Reasoner, who was brought up as a Catholic, was completing his conversion to Islam.
I was listening to the radio the other day, and callers were still arguing against calling this what it is … a terrorist, jihadi attack on the United States.
Does anyone else notice a significant lack of media coverage on this? Every time a soldier got a scratch on their arm under Bush the MSM was all over it. It would have been a feeding frenzy right now if Bush were still in office with calls for exit strategies, claims of not caring about our troops, etc.
Insurgent use of roadside bombs in Afghanistan has surged 80 percent this year as they remain the No. l killer of foreign troops, a NATO official said Thursday.
The increase since the corresponding period last year includes bombs that detonated or were found by troops before they could explode, said Canadian Brig. Gen. Richard Blanchette, a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force.
“This is very serious business for us,” Blanchette told AP Broadcast in an interview from Kabul, Afghanistan.
Roadside bombs have been the primary killer in both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Last year, improvised devices and other roadside explosives killed 172 U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan. At least 31 American soldiers have been killed by roadside bombs this year, according to the Defense Department.
FEMA has had a coloring book available for children to download that has a 9/11 theme called “A Scary Thing Happened.” FEMA has just decided to pull the coloring book off of its website.
The government agency that bungled the Hurricane Katrina response has yanked a kiddie coloring book from its site called “A Scary Thing Happened” that depicts the burning twin towers on the cover – with a plane heading straight for one of them.
On page 12, the stomach-churning 9/11 image is repeated not once but three times, complete with flames – for kids to color.
See, I told you it was real.
Needless to say … some New Yorkers weren’t happy about the coloring book.
“I feel disrespected,” said Jason Owens, 20, of Manhattan, who was with his 3-year-old son. “I feel like I should punch the person who did this in the face.”
Standing with her goddaughter, 43-year-old Risat Jabeen of Brooklyn, said she was shocked FEMA would find it inoffensive.
“Kids color for fun so these things shouldn’t be in coloring books,” she said. “So many people died that day.”
Vanessa Bell, 38, of Bronx, said there’s no way she’d let her 5-year-old daughter color in that book. “It just makes kids feel depressed,” she said.
The concept of the book, however, wasn’t to offend … it was to cope with tragedy.
The coloring book was dreamed up by the emergency response team in largely rural Freeborn County, Minn. – after it was ravaged by a tornado, said Rose Olmsted, a county official.
“It was developed to help children make some sense after a disaster,” said Olmsted. “I have a letter from FEMA in 2003 applauding us for the coloring book.”
I guess they’ve been passing these books out to kids since 2003 in the US and even in Australia.
It got me thinking though. Was FEMA really wrong for supporting such a coloring book? How about for pulling the book from its website? Are they trying to sweep 9/11 under the rug under the guise that “it’s too soon” or “it’s too tramatic” just like the news has done? I don’t know.
What do you think? Take the poll on the top left of this site.
Before President George W. Bush leaves office it’s only fitting to give credit to where credit it due. Although you would not know this from the anti-Bush media or democrats, the US military has waged the most successful major military campaign in American history these past 8 years.
The War on Terror has been an amazing success not only in what has been accomplished but in what it has cost in lives. Two brutal regimes were obliterated, Al-Qaeda was decimated, fledgling democracies were established. But, most importantly, the US was able to do this while sacrificing the fewest number of soldiers monthly than in any other military campaign in US history. In fact, the US today is losing fewer soldiers each month in Iraq and Afghanistan combined than the average number of soldiers lost monthly during the Clinton years (~35 to 78).
The blindingly optimistic number 2′s who supported Obama under the premise that Bush alienated the world, and Obama was going to mend fences, are realizing that our enemies don’t give a damn if it’s Bush or Obama.
Naturally, we must discuss Iran. After all, Iran is only an enemy because of Bush according to many libs. Surely Obama will mend fences, and calm everyone down … right?
Hardline demonstrators burn posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, during a demonstration in support of the people of Gaza, in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran January 13, 2009
Oops … guess not.
Obama is not winning any friends among America’s enemies, and he is alienating one of our closest allies (Israel). This is just the latest anti-Obama demonstration in Iran, and Iranian officials have been critical of Obama before he even takes office. This includes Mahmoud himself.
So far Obama has managed to anger higher ups in Iran, Turkey, Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda. Notice how similar this list is to the one that has those angry at Bush. With the exception of Turkey and Israel of course.
Obama and his supporters are learning the same lesson the anti-war protesters who were kidnapped in Iraq learned. It doesn’t matter what race you are, what political party you belong to, or even what religion you are. All that matters is that you are an American … the infidel … the enemy.
This is not news, or a surprise, as it has been confirmed dozens of times. I even wrote about some of the terrorist ties Saddam had here. Saddam did have a tentative relationship with al Qaeda, but it was not extensive. Just so we are clear … no one has ever denied that Saddam had extensive ties to terrorism. Al Qaeda being in Iraq wasn’t the reason for invasion anyway. It was Saddam’s CONFIRMED WMD programs coupled with his ties to terrorist organizations that was given as reasons for invasion by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Charles “Sam” Faddis, who led a CIA team into northern Iraq following the 9/11 attacks, says the Pentagon’s “endless planning and delays” foiled a chance to wipe out a band of al Qaeda leaders who were fleeing American bombs in Afghanistan.
Faddis says the delays, beginning in 2002, also facilitated the escape of some “key” al Qaeda figures, including terrorist scientists who were working on chemical and biological weapons.
Al Qaeda showed up after our invasion of Afghanistan according to this operative.
Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Multinational Corps Iraq commander, spoke to Pentagon reporters via teleconference from his headquarters in Baghdad.
Austin charted the continued progress in Iraq. “We’ve experienced continued low levels of violence, with 15 of the last 16 weeks remaining below the 200-attacks-per-week mark,” he said. “In Baghdad, … we’ve averaged less than four attacks per day for the last 13 weeks.”
He said this level of violence would have been unthinkable a year ago. Anbar province – once the home of al-Qaida in Iraq – transferred to Iraqi provincial control, and the trends of violence continue down, the general told reporters.
It’s notable that the decrease has continued during Ramadan, Austin said. “We did see a small spike in attacks over the weekend,” he acknowledged, “but I can tell you that even with the spike, we are well below what we saw last year and the year before that.”
A local talk show host here in Vegas, Casey Hendrickson, usually does something special for the 9/11 anniversary. This Sept. 11 he took a different approach than he usually does, but his monologue stunned me. I heard a few callers call up the rest of the show to compliment his monologue, and a couple suggested that he send it to the big national hosts for more coverage.
The monologue starts off normal enough, but a few minutes into it he kicks you in the gut with a big surprise, and a huge dose of reality.