Political correctness put Fort Hood terrorist in position to strike

That is really what it comes down to – political correctness. Army leaders did not want their own career destroyed for calling out a Muslim extremist, so not only did they keep their mouth’s shut, they promoted him so he would be someone else’s problem.

Goodness grief. From the Associated Press, with a hat tip to Sweetness & Light.

A Defense Department review of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, has found the doctors overseeing Maj. Nidal Hasan’s medical training repeatedly voiced concerns over his strident views on Islam and his inappropriate behavior, yet continued to give him positive performance evaluations that kept him moving through the ranks.

This is almost a cliche in the corporate world and in the Democrat National Committee for that matter. Screw up more and more and you get promoted.

Hasan showed no signs of being violent or a threat. But parallels have been drawn between the missed signals in his case and those preceding the thwarted Christmas attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner.

Oh really? From the UK Telegraph, again link courtesy Sweetness & Light.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America’s Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats.

He also told colleagues at America’s top military hospital that non-Muslims were infidels condemned to hell who should be set on fire. The outburst came during an hour-long talk Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, gave on the Koran in front of dozens of other doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington DC, where he worked for six years before arriving at Fort Hood in July.

Colleagues had expected a discussion on a medical issue but were instead given an extremist interpretation of the Koran, which Hasan appeared to believe.

No problem there … <rolleyes>

Let’s briefly discuss the terrible consequences of a politically correct world overly-concerned with self-esteem issues. The combination is doing culture here in the United States a complete disservice. Winning is never important. You’re never really wrong. We must keep our spirits high.

Welcome to the real world, where …

  • People get laid off even when they are top performers.
  • You might have a boss who knows less about the job than you do.
  • Affirmative action programs do not care about what you know, only your skin color.

And when you do get laid off – and many people do at some point – during your job hunt some recruiters won’t even read your resume let alone offer you an interview. How dare they!

The only thing worse is a complicit leadership structure who promotes such behavior.

Those leaders who continued to accept and promote Hasan during his Army career were not blind to what they saw in front of them. They did not fail to “connect the dots.” They chose to ignore his behavior simply because they themselves did not want to be labled a racist.

More on the disturbing results from the classified Fort Hood report over at Strata-Sphere blog. Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air just posted on the subject.

6 replies
  1. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Now that we know the failing, what is the fix? If political correctness is as widespread as it appears from the above, there surely is no easy fix (other than play the blame game).

  2. phil
    phil says:

    Okay. From now on, I'm a racist. Deal with it.  If you are killing my family, my friends, my countrymen,  even if you are a Lithuanian Presbyterian, I don't like your race!  On the other hand, if you're not killing my family, my friends, my countrymen, I don't care if you're green!

  3. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Nice flick-off,  Steve. Nice to bring subjects up and let them float. Looking forward for a definition of "political incorrectness".

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