First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the Fort Hood Massacre. I pray the families of the victims find comfort in their grief, and that the injured heal quickly and completely, both physically and emotionally, from their wounds. They were in a supposed safe haven, a place of security, and it has been brutally taken from them. I hope they are all able to find solace and comfort, and I hope they know that America shares their pain and supports them in their grief.
The unbelievable events yesterday at Fort Hood defy understanding. Major Nidal Malik Hasan was allegedly shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is the greatest) as he was shooting his fellow servicemen. Thirteen people are dead, 30 injured.
There is talk of his having PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), but considering he hadn't served overseas yet (he was scheduled to be deployed in a few weeks), I find that hard to believe. His cousin called in to Fox News yesterday and spoke to Shepard Smith about how, as a psychiatrist, he was constantly hearing horror stories from soldiers who had returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, but, again, I find it hard to believe that someone could suffer secondhand PTSD. Psychiatrists hear horror stories all the time, it's the nature of their job, but how often do they shoot up innocent people as a result?
There is also talk that he was being harassed for his Muslim faith, and that has been raised as a possible reason for his snapping. But it seems to me he was tossing some bombs of his own at his colleagues - this is a man who was talking about Muslims rising up against their 'oppressors'. He was NOT talking about Al Qaeda or the Taliban - in his eyes, the oppressors seemed to be the US military. According to his cousin, after 9/11, Hasan's worst fear was that he would be shipped overseas, and had been trying to get out of his deployment.
Thankfully, Hasan survived - something he wasn't planning on, considering he had spent yesterday morning giving away his possessions - and will hopefully answer all of the questions we have about his actions. He will also be held responsible for his actions, something that is usually denied the survivors and families of victims because the perp usually ends up dead. I hope he is locked up for 13 lifetimes.
Now on to the other disgusting event connected to the Fort Hood massacre.
President Obama should never have gone out to make remarks yesterday. His offhanded manner, his light and smiling attitude and 'shout-out' to an audience member before addressing the shootings (which he took more than 2 minutes to get around to) was despicable, inappropriate, and about as far from Presidential as a man can get. At a time when the American people were looking to him for comfort and reassurance, instead of a solemn, grieving Commander-in-chief who just lost some of our best and brightest, we get a man who seemed a bit put out that he was having to put off his health care push to Native Americans to deal with the Fort Hood situation.
All I could think when I saw the press conference was that he, like many far-left progressive/liberals, holds the military in contempt. I wouldn't be surprised to find that he felt that it was just some 'baby-killers' getting their just desserts, considering his remarkable insensitivity to the crisis. The dismissiveness with which he dealt with such a horrendous situation is beyond reprehensible.
If he has an ounce of integrity in him, he will apologize for the lack of compassion and solemnity yesterday and get serious about being Commander-in-chief and be the support his troops desperately need right now.
It is becoming more and more apparent that Obama is only President of one (liberal) sector of America, and the rest of us just simply aren't worth his time, understanding, compassion or sympathy.