I can't tell you how I feel about our country today. Sad, grieving, ashamed; there are so many words, so many emotions. To find out that Fort Hood's murdering bastard's suspicious activity was previously known to the CIA knocks the wind out of me.
Those of us on the right spoke often during the presidential election about how afraid we were of an Obama administration. We talked--no, shouted--about how he wouldn't be as strong on national defense, and how he associated with known anti-American extremists, etc. We were screaming in the dark.
I'm going to take a moment to thank the much-maligned President George Bush for keeping ALL of us safe from 9/11 to the end of his presidency. It only took 10 months of Obama's administration for another terrorist act to happen on our soil. In our own military. Perpetrated by a man who had tried to contact Al Qaeda and had spouted anti-American rhetoric on the internet. Given a free pass because he was a Muslim in a politically correct world.
You could say I'm jumping to dangerous conclusions by calling this a terrorist act, but exactly what does constitute an act of terrorism? Does it have to be perpetrated by Al Qaeda? Does it need to be orchestrated by several people, or can it be done by one person? What makes this an act of terror as opposed to an act of mass murder, such as, for example, the Luby mass murder at a McDonald's in Texas many years ago?
The difference is that a mass murder is usually perpetrated by a disturbed individual who kills because of his own demons and is usually suicidal for his own reasons.
A mass murder perpetrated by one individual becomes an act of terror when the individual is killing people because their lifestyle, ideology or religion is different from or abhorrent to the perpetrator.
I believe that is what happened at Fort Hood. Nidal Malik Hasan was a known anti-American Islamic extremist who sought out Al Qaeda and attended the same mosque as two of the 9/11 hijackers. He frequently said anti-American statements on the Army base where he was stationed. The former imam of that mosque, who is a known terrorist, currently lives in Yemen and praised this act as heroic. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, etc....
The worst part of this whole thing is that all of the information above was known by the people around Hasan and by the CIA, but they didn't do anything to stop him. Why? Because those around him were afraid of being labeled anti-Islam and didn't want to seem politically incorrect. I don't have an answer for why the Obama administration did nothing about this clearly threatening and unstable individual except to say that they are so intent on dismantling our country and our way of life that they appear to be ignoring our national security.
I believe the "buck" always stops with the person in the highest position. In this case, it's our Commander in Chief. So, kudos to you, Obama. You got one step closer to shoving socialized medicine down our throats while this man committed the first act of terror on American soil since 9/11.
Is this the "change" we were supposed to believe in?