Politically Correct Murder
November 11, 2009 - 4:23 AMIt is high time we recognize that we have entered a period of national idiocy in the matter of political correctness.
Except that Hasan is such an inept soldier he couldn't even get himself killed during his attack.
The questions surrounding this worm are growing and are becoming more troubling.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal by Yochi J. Dreazen And Evan Perez, "The Pentagon said it was never notified by U.S. intelligence agencies that they had intercepted emails between the alleged Fort Hood shooter and an extremist imam until after last week's bloody assaults."
Hasan's ability to not only remain in the Army, but to be promoted to the rank of Major may have more to do with our national obsession with political correctness and far less to do with promoting service members who have developed the appropriate skills for their rank.
The Military has an "up or out" policy. Generally speaking, if you are passed over twice for promotion, you have to resign and find a job in the civilian world.
This is very smart. Were it not for this policy the Army would be saddled with a bunch of 45-year-old 1st Lieutenants (which, by the way, I spelled correctly on my first try) blocking the upward path of younger, more talented officers.
As we have discussed many times, perfection is a religious concept, not a concept that works in the real world. So, occasionally someone who should not be promoted is.
But Nidal Hasan not only slipped through the cracks, he was actually carried along by the powers that be and was deposited, with full military honors, on the other side of crack solely on the basis that he was a Muslim and no one wanted to be accused of being a anti-Islamic bigot.
I got a call yesterday afternoon from a senior enlisted man with whom I had the honor of serving in Iraq. This is a good man. A man who, having served in Iraq, recycled back to a tour in Afghanistan. He is a reservist and his real job is delivering mail to along a rural route in the American Southwest.
He called because he was trying to understand how someone like Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was so clearly deranged, disloyal or both could have been permitted to remain in the Army - HIS Army.
My friend is an American soldier who has been responsible for the safety and welfare of younger enlisted men and women in really bad places where really bad people wanted to do really bad things to them.
I got to travel with him and his troops across large portions of Iraq in day and night moves. I trusted him with my life. When he called to complain; I listened.
Switch to Capitol Hill. I got an email from another friend. This one a Senate staffer wanting to know how she could light a fire under the Senate Homeland Security Committee or the Senate Armed Services Committee or the Senate Judiciary Committee to open an investigation into how a man who had been in contact with people who had openly proclaimed anti-American sentiments was allowed to be promoted through the Military system.
I asked my friend if she thought, had Hasan been a Lutheran or a Presbyterian or a Jew who had been found to have been in affirmative e-mail contact with the Unibomber, or Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, he would have been allowed to continue with his Military career.
I am not anti-Islam. As long-time Mullsters know, I spent three years running the Middle East for a major U.S. corporation and still have very good friends - Muslim friends - in the region.
I am, however, anti-stupid.
It is high time we recognize that we have entered a period of national idiocy in the matter of political correctness. Rather than making people adhere to American standards of behavior, we tell ourselves, "It's in their belief system, so it must be ok."
No. It is not ok. This is America. They must adhere to our belief system.
Political correctness be damned.
On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to the Wall Street Journal article, a Mullfoto which is on point, and a Catchy Caption of the Day.