11 November 2009

Did Political Correctness Kill Our Soldiers?

Some bloggers and historians mock the notion of political correctness and even deny it's a legitimate issue. Those doing so are either ignorant or sycophants for leftist ideology; using their "expertise" to hide their agenda. Regardless, one should dismiss their "expertise" on any matters involving history and culture as they have no credibility.

Now, an increasing number of commentators, journalists, politicians, and others are speaking out on the recent Fort Hood massacre and how a "PC" mentality very likely contributed to the needless death of our soldiers. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., called this attack possibly "the most destructive terrorist act to be committed on American soil since 9/11." Ignoring what led up to this is, in my mind, criminal:

"A classmate of Hasan, meanwhile, told FoxNews.com that the warning signs were all there — the justification of homicide bombings; spewing anti-American hatred; efforts to reach out to Al Qaeda — but that the military treated Hasan with kid gloves, even after giving him a poor performance review."

And . . .

"There were definitely clear indications that Hasan's loyalties were not with America," Lt. Col. Val Finnell, Hasan's classmate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He and Hasan were students in the school's public health master's degree program from 2007-2008."

And . . .

"The issue here is that there's a political correctness climate in the military. They don't want to say anything because it would be considered questioning somebody's religious belief, or they're afraid of an equal opportunity lawsuit."

Read the infuriating details here.

And here. And here. And here.

A very sad state of affairs on this Veterans Day, 2011. Thanks to my stepson, my stepfather, my grandfathers, great-grandfathers, and all who went before them--and with them--all the way back to America's War for Independence and who fought and sacrificed for our Nation and the liberty we enjoy today. God bless their memory.


Chaps said...

From rigging admissions to the Naval Academy, to quotas for promotion, all the way to ignoring evidence of treason, the US military contains the seeds of its destruction in spineless and politically correct senior officers. Rarely are real war fighters, who actually care about the security of our country, and who stand for principle no matter what promoted beyond one star rank.

BTW, since he was a serving officer, Hasan's crime is not terrorism nor even murder. Hasan's crime is treason.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks for the input Chaps.

(I should point out for other readers that Chaps is a former Military Chaplain.)

Lawrence Underwood said...

Chaps is correct. It was treason. And, yes, the PC (or perhaps I should call it New Speak) speech and its attendant philosophy are a part of the root of this tragedy. We are a nation hamstrung due to the corruption of our language and liberties.

God help us.

13thBama said...

Also, and Chaps can correct me here if I am wrong, as an Officer, Hassan could have resigned his commission if he felt he was doing the wrong thing. He chose treason instead.

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

Political Commisars aren't limited to Russia, you know.
Great post!
Have you read "Hamilton's Curse" by Thomas J. DiLorenzo? If you haven't, you should!
Thank you for your service, Chaps!

jacksonianlawyer said...

Thanks for posting this RW. Chaps is spot on - Hasan should definitely be tried before a military tribunal for the crime of treason. His act was most certainly a terrorist act, but his crime, as Chaps stated, is one of treason.

I've discussed this story on my blog as well, along with the long-disturbing past his "imam" has with respect to terrorists and terorists groups.

Thank you for your efforts as well, as always, RW. I've been somewhat out of pocket lately between festivies with the USMC birthday and Veterans Day...but, glad to have popped in to see this.

Semper Fi...and heartfelt thanks to all previous and current servicemen/women.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Johann - no I've not read it, but I have a basic understanding of Hamilton being a proponent of a strong centralized government, which I believe is the main theme of DiLorenzo's book. And I would agree that such a philosophy is a "curse." I believe the bulk of government power should rest with the states, as did Jefferson, Henry, et al.

JL - you're welcome, thanks for stopping by.

Chaps said...

Hasan went through Virginia Tech on an ROTC scholarship. He got his medical degree at Uniformed Services School of Health Sciences in Bethesda. He also took a Masters there. He had a residency at Walter Reed to become a psychiatrist. All of those things carry a period of obligated service that would have to be completed before Hasan could resign his commission. It is quite possible, even likely, that as a recently promoted Major, he was still in his obligated service for all his education.

Chaps said...

Although Hasan is manifestly guilty of treason,I doubt very much if that will be the charge against him. Treason, Constitutionally, consists of making war upon the United States or giving aid and comfort to an enemy of the U.S. To convict him of making war upon the U.S., the government would have to introduce his motive for making war and name the enemy to which he was giving aid. The PC people will never let that come into a trial. He'll be charged with 13 counts of murder and related other charges. I do hope the outcome will be the same.... a long drop on a short rope.

Arthur B. Breedlove said...

The political correctness of our institutions has become so pervasive, that genuine dialog concerning the issues we face have become all but impossible. It also seems to have infiltrated both sides of the political duopoly in Washington. Neither the terrorism committed by Hasan, nor the media response to it came as a shock to me. You can't ever expect to solve an issue without first diagnosing the problem. Yet the media sets about in it's "search for answers", while at the same time excluding some of the more plausible explanations for the sake of PC. That Hasan was conflicted about his loyalties also came as no surprise. It is exactly as one would expect when confronted by the true nature of Islam. In it's endless attempts to cast Islam as being like any other religion the media fails to grasp this fact. Islam is not simply a religion, but a complete system of government as well as a geo-political project. Having resided in the Middle East for a time I was awoken to this reality. Being threatened with arrest for sipping a Coca-Cola during Ramadan concentrates the mind wonderfully! In the Judeo-Christian worldview that most of us ascribe to, we see religion as more of a personal issue. We have the historical heritage of separation of church and state(regardless of its misuse),and Jesus' biblical admonition to "render under Caesar that which is Caesars..etc." In Islam we see no such animal; in fact it is considered a heresy. Thus Western notions of democracy in Islam are all but impossible, as the two are antithetical. The tenets of multiculturalism preclude the media and academia from exploring this as it might insinuate the superiority of one culture over another.

In short, if American lives are jeopardized,then such is the price of doing business. At least, that appears to be the thinking of the elite class. So long as the tenets of post-modern liberalism and multi-culturalism are never questioned. God help us indeed.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


It would certainly be hard to argue that countries where Islam is the predominant religion, that those nations have anywhere near the liberties and freedoms of countries whose predominant religion is Christianity.

The separation of Church and State is something that I, as a 9th generation great-grandson of Roger Williams, hold near and dear.