A Ticking Time Bomb
Hattip to John Sexton at Hot Air. After Major Nidal Hasan went on his murderous jihadi rampage, I theorized, here, here and here, that political correctness and cowardice kept steps from being taken in the Army to remove him from the service. Long before he went on his rampage, his behavior and comments gave off clear red flags that he was in sympathy with the Jihadists.
Now the Senate Homeland Security Committee has released a 91 page report, A Ticking Time Bomb, which may be read here, and it is damning.
Strengthening Policies And Training To Prevent Radicalization Of Service members To Violent Islamst Extremism
Finding: DoD policies provided Hasan’s superiors with sufficient authority to discipline or discharge him based on his conduct as witnessed by fellow
servicemembers and his superiors. However, DoD lacked an institutional culture, through policies and training, sufficient to inform commanders and servicemembers on how to identify radicalization to vio lent Islamistextremism and to distinguish this ideology from the peaceful practice of Islam.
DoD avoided referencing violent Islamist extremism explicitly in the West/Clark inquiry into the Fort Hood attack or in the recommendations issued by DoD in response to the review. It will be more difficult for the military to de velop effective approaches to countering violent Islamist extremism if the identity and nature of the enemy cannot be labeled accurately.
Recommendation: DoD leadership should identify the enemy as violent Islamist extremism explicitly and directly in order to enable DoD to confront it effectively and efficiently. DoD should reform religious discrimination and other equal opportunity policies to distinguish violent Islamist extremism from legitimate, protected religious observance of Islam so that commanders will not be reluctant to deal with displays of violent Islamist extremism among servicemembers and in order to protect the thousands of Muslim American service members from unwarranted suspicion. Service members should receive specific training concerning the ideology and behaviors associated with violent Islamist extremism – and how they differ from the peaceful practice of Islam. Finally, DoD should ensure that personnel evaluations are accurate with respect to any evidence of violent Islamist extremist behavior.
Officers charged with the safety of the troops under their command did nothing in regard to Hasan because they feared, no doubt correctly, that if they took action against Hasan their own careers would be in jeopardy since the cardinal sin, one of the few remaining apparently in our culture, of discrimination would be raised against them. So they looked the other way, and, inevitably, the time bomb that was Hasan went off. Our dead troops deserved far better than this time serving cowardice from their superiors, and the active efforts of the Army, after the fact, to hide the truth of this abysmal failure in duty by so many Army officers.