Jihad at Fort Hood – by Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


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Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, murdered twelve people and wounded twenty-one inside Fort Hood in Texas yesterday, while, according to eyewitnesses, “shouting something in Arabic while he was shooting.” Investigators are scratching their heads and expressing puzzlement about why he did it. According to NPR, “the motive behind the shootings was not immediately clear, officials said.” The Washington Post agreed: “The motive remains unclear, although some sources reported the suspect is opposed to U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq and upset about an imminent deployment.” The Huffington Post spun faster, asserting that “there is no concrete reporting as to whether Nidal Malik Hasan was in fact a Muslim or an Arab.”

Yet there was, and what’s more, Major Hasan’s motive was perfectly clear — but it was one that the forces of political correctness and the Islamic advocacy groups in the United States have been working for years to obscure. So it is that now that another major jihad terror attack has taken place on American soil, authorities and the mainstream media are at a loss to explain why it happened – and the abundant evidence that it was a jihad attack is ignored.

Nidal Malik Hasan was born in Virginia but didn’t think of himself as an American: on a form he filled out at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, he gave his nationality not as “American” but as “Palestinian.” A mosque official found that curious, saying: “I don’t know why he listed Palestinian. He was not born in Palestine.”

Center. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has a doctorate in psychiatry from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. While there, NPR reports, Hasan was “put on probation early in his postgraduate work” and was “disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues.”

He was a staff psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before transferring to Fort Hood earlier this year. While at Walter Reed, he was a “very devout” member of and daily visitor to the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring. Faizul Khan, a former imam at the Center, expressed puzzlement over Hasan’s murders: “To know something like this happened, I don’t know what got into his mind. There was nothing extremist in his questions. He never showed any frustration….He never showed any remorse or wish for vengeance on anybody.”

So he identified himself as Palestinian and was a devout Muslim – so what? These things, of course, have no significance if one assumes that Islam is a Religion of Peace and that when a devout Muslim reads the Koran’s many injunctions to wage war against unbelievers, he knows that they have no force or applicability for today’s world. Unfortunately, all too many Muslims around the world demonstrate in both their words and their deeds that they take such injunctions quite seriously. And Nidal Hasan gave some indications that he may have been among them.

On May 20, 2009, a man giving his name as “NidalHasan” posted this defense of suicide bombing (all spelling and grammar as it is in the original):

There was a grenade thrown amongs a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that “IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE” and Allah (SWT) knows best.

Of course, it may not be the same Nidal Hasan. But there is more. One of his former colleagues, Col. Terry Lee, recalled Hasan saying statements to the effect of “Muslims have the right to rise up against the U.S. military”; “Muslims have a right to stand up against the aggressors”; and even speaking favorably about people who “strap bombs on themselves and go into Times Square.”

Maybe he just snapped, perhaps under the pressure of his imminent deployment to Iraq. But it’s noteworthy that if he did, he snapped in exactly the same way that several other Muslims in the U.S. military have snapped in the past. In April 2005, a Muslim serving in the U.S. Army, Hasan Akbar, was convicted of murder for killing two American soldiers and wounding fourteen in a grenade attack in Kuwait. AP reported: “Prosecutors say Akbar told investigators he launched the attack because he was concerned U.S. troops would kill fellow Muslims in Iraq. They said he coolly carried out the attack to achieve ‘maximum carnage’ on his comrades in the 101st Airborne Division.”

And Hasan’s murderous rampage resembles one that five Muslim men in New Jersey tried to carry out at Fort Dix in New Jersey in 2007, when they plotted to enter the U.S. Army base and murder as many soldiers as they could.

That was a jihad plot. One of the plotters, Serdar Tatar, told an FBI informant late in 2006: “I’m gonna do it….It doesn’t matter to me, whether I get locked up, arrested, or get taken away, it doesn’t matter. Or I die, doesn’t matter, I’m doing it in the name of Allah.” Another plotter, Mohamad Shnewer, was caught on tape saying, “They are the ones, we are going to put bullets in their heads, Allah willing.”

Nidal Hasan’s statements about Muslims rising up against the U.S. military aren’t too far from that, albeit less graphic. The effect of ignoring or downplaying the role that Islamic beliefs and assumptions may have played in his murders only ensures that – once again – nothing will be done to prevent the eventual advent of the next Nidal Hasan.

  • hocheeman

    I do not see how a person who lives in the belly of the beast; America or any other Imperialist enemy can with any degree of accuracy gauge what is going on in the world right now. All the comments above stink with patriotism that blind obedience thrives on! Do some reading about the major defeats that America and the other Capitalist nations are experiencing and see where your great American dream is headed. I know it goes back as far as Viet Nam for me and I hope for many Viet Nams to come to bring the Imperiast Giant America to her knees!

  • Lindarosemary

    GOOD LORD, HE MURDERED ALL THOSE PEOPLE. MAYBE SOME OF YOU MIGHT WANT TO WATCH THIS! MUSLIMS ON THE STREET IN THE U.S. PROSELYTYZING AND PRAISING THE TERRORISM AT FT HOOD, WHILE CALLING FOR ME OF IT. I CALL THAT TREASONOUS. I CALL IT A DELIBERATE CALL FOR AN ACT OF WAR AGAINST FELLOW COUNTRYMEN.

    SPARE ME BLEEDING HEART SYNDROME.

    HE'LL BE TRIED FOR MURDER. SHOULD HANG AT LEAVENWORTH, BUT I DON'T THINK THEY DO THAT ANYMORE.. BUT A FIRING SQUAD WOULD MAKE ME HAPPY.

  • Lindarosemary

    Those media bozos are going to try to martyr this one. PTSD my butt, and in the coming months his second hand ptsd will be exhibited in many forms I am sure.

  • Lindarosemary

    The Army promoted him, and Walter Reed sent him to another army post to be their problem. Agents alredy new he was not running on all 8 cylinders. It's all about political correctness. They waited too long to do anything and this horrible event is the result. And you ask if Nidal was really THAT aggressive? oh come on! he murdered 12 of our finest citizens.

  • Lindarosemary

    NPR is more state bull. what do you expect?

  • Lindarosemary

    ^5 and ditto

  • Lindarosemary

    Exactly shelley.. Islam allows even encourages the use of Taqiyah to cover for what you really are, if it advances Islam

  • Lindarosemary

    I suggest everyone watch this video which praises the Ft Hood terrorist.l

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cad_1257564779 – this took place in a black neighborhood in the United State by an Islamic spewing his hate in our own country

  • Lindarosemary

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cad_1257564779- THIS WAS DONE TWO DAYS AFTER OUR FT HOOD SOLDIERS WERE MURDERED BY SOMEONE I CONSIDER A MUSLIM TERRORIST

  • Lary9

    There's no doubt about Major Hasan's motives since witnesses reported he
    said “Allahu-akbar” as he began firing.

  • davarino

    Not gunna happen bro, cause the other side has played their hand to early. They dont have the fire power, or the economy, or infastructure. They will awaken the Giant when they make the fatal mistake and nuke or bio one of our cities and then all hell is going to break loose. They just better hope that doesnt happen when there is a hard ass president in office, cause it might just be a city for a city.

    Sorry for the disappointment dude, but hey, I think America will be around for a while longer. : )

  • Lindarosemary

    Lary I agree. By the way did you see a link I posted on this page where some Islamic guys here in the United states were out on a street in one of our cities praising the killing of the Ft Hood soldiers? He was calling for more things like that to be done on our soil.

  • Lindarosemary

    Yup I agree, and NPR is funded by taxpayers

  • Lindarosemary

    Maybe he was responsible for some of our soldiers committing suicide, the ones he counseled before leaving Walter Reed

  • Lindarosemary

    jerry …………what leaders? we are leaderless except among the military ranks.

  • Lindarosemary

    Thank you steve Chavez… right on target. The genocide in Darfur has been going for over thirty years. I wonder at the hue and cry over Darfur in recent years. What took people so long????? Seems to be Hollywood's latest reason to put themselves forward. nothing more. Read Francis Bok's book Escape From Slavery. I read this several years ago,right after he wrote it, and it made a real impact on the way I feel about Islam.. Islamic Janjaweed raiders went to his village, killed male villagers, raped and mutilated the women, and he was taken into slavery for 10 long years.. He was only 7 at the time, but escaped at age 17. These raids have gone on for all those years, and they continue even now.

    There are some real fruit bats living in this country, who don't understand the radical mind of the Islamic. They need to read the Qu'ran, and pay attention to the horrible things that have been done in the name of Islam. And they better start praying, because they will not stop until we are all Dhimmis, paying the jizyah

    Another book I strongly recommend is EURABIA written by bat Ye'or. Good Lord read it word for word.

  • Lindarosemary

    Ken Bain, thank you!!! If they won't listen to their own countrymen, I hope they listen to you and others like you. By the way, Ken, we are leaderless, except for our military.

  • hocheeman

    That is a pretty price to pay for settling an issue I would say. God forbid it ever came to that but you are right. I bet you it will be America that launches the first nuclear round because they have been using depleted uranium for some time to pollute the ground in the middle east. Unfortunately it has messed with the gene pool of returning US soldiers who impregnate their women. We will pay, one way or another, no doubts here!

  • Optimus_Maximus

    Islam – a religion of Peace . NOT.

    They do it becuase they are commanded to do so by their religion, which is actually an Isolamofacist system of government.

    All the men are extremely mentally conflicted.

    Recall your youngest years, and the love you had for your mother. As you get older, to be a real man, you must despise all women, including your mother, for they are inferior, and will lead you astray. They do not have equal rights with you under the law. You are taught to keep them covered with smothering layers of clothing so no man may enjoy the sight of them. If you catch your sister with alone with another boy or man not related to her, you are encouraged to kill her to restore your family's honor.

    Makes for a massively unstable mental state where the male can not have a full equal relationship with a woman.

    That's why so many of the fanatical ones have homosexual tendicies, even as they denounce homosexuality and kill openly homosexual men. Everything is done in secret. Beating their wives, secretely yearning for another man, and even fighting their wars. They rarely meet other men in battle head on, but prefer ambushes where they can kill as many women and children as possible.

    This religion, almost by design, creates and nourishes sadistic psychopaths, due to the mental conflicts of a normal human being with the requirements of the Koran, Suras, and Hadiths of the religion.

    Imagine the head of your church and state being a sadistic pedophile, and you are taught to worship him for he is the most holy of all men. And that the most basic demonstration of trust, telling the truth, is taught to be a valid practice only with others of your religion. If any other religion, it's encouraged you lie through your teeth so that you can better defeat them.

    No wonder they are all cowards who fight behind their women whenever possible, so they can then claim the opponent is guilty of “war crimes”.

    The true “wonder” is how long so many Americans will continue to act like a nation of numbskulls that have bought into their lies and continue to give them a pass, instead of calling their evil religion to an accounting.

  • LucyQ

    I agree with you about Islam and that's why I'm against nation-building for Ishmael. Knowing what you know about Islam, do you want to build a nation for Ishmael?

  • sk

    “stink with patriotism”?

    What is stinky about patriotism?

    “I know it goes back as far as Viet Nam for me and I hope for many Viet Nams to come to bring the Imperiast Giant America to her knees!:

    Don't you have some Muslim prayers to say? Islam is imperialist, not America. It's time that we roll back Islam to Mecca, then blow up that meteor.

  • sk

    Oh please, LucyQ. Ishmael already has a nation, and you should know because you are part of it. What you want is for the US to let Muslims build jihad on THEIR timetable.

    I'm no fan of nation building, though. I think it's more efficient to decapitate the leadership of Muslim nations and humiliate Muslims by blowing up mosques and such whenever we hear a peep of a threat. Mecca goes first.

  • http://twitter.com/HereticsCrusade Heretic Crusader

    This is the ultimate result of a PC mentality!!!

    The Politically Correct boil must be lanced!

    http://hereticscrusade.blogspot.com/2009/11/ft-

  • Lary9

    No I did not but I will follow it up. If so, then that's an unimaginably
    stupid act of sedition by domestic Muslims.

  • hocheeman

    Patriotism reeks of my country right or wrong. We only think we are free in America because we are isolated from the rest of the real world which is in pooverty. The trillions we spend on war and mayhem in the world to promote capitalism, rich for the few and not you!
    If you would really make a study of the Islamic faith you might find a lot of similarity between it and Christianity. Both worship the same God and are not polytheistic like they are in the Orient. Islam accepts Jesus as a prophet by the way. The similarities are numerous and very interesting. Even Christians like a good war with lots of killing. You seem to have a lot of hate in you. Not just you, a lot on this site. Interesting and it does not send a good message at all.

  • hocheeman

    Let me tell you that I will not die for capitalism. I really don't care what you think about the similarities between Islamic and Christian belief. That takes a course on comparative religion. I myself wonder how American that were raised in the Christian faith can go to war and kill innocent families! This is why I do not support our troops at all. They are fighting to preserve the American Way and I am against all that. I do not even say the Pledge to that bloody rag of a flag. It is soaked in the blood of innocents here and over there. I do not buy the lies being pushed by the government here that I loathe!

  • davarino

    Ok then what? How do we solve this problem?

  • davarino

    Hey Hoch, if they didnt start this we wouldnt be talkin. Personally you have not shamed me with your deep insiteful knowledge of the similarities between islam and christianity, dont really care. All I care about is my safety and everyone elses safety, well maybe not yours, cause I am sure you wouldnt have the balls to defend yourself, much less any one else.
    Anyway, how did this become an issue of spreading the wealth. So you really think this about the middle east fighting for a cup of soup? You want to talk about us spending money on war, think about all the money these oil rich nations are pissing away on their fight for Jihad. If these oil rich middle eastern countries would invest the tons of money they have on their own nation, they would have a half way descent place to live. I guess they are spending their money on what they consider to be more important…….. and what do you think that is…..anybody…..anybody…..anybody….come on Hoch I know you know this one.

  • davarino

    Wow, what an imagination. The things bouncing around in your head. Must keep you very occupied trying to sort out fiction from reality.

  • turbeaux

    We just suffered the biggest Islamic jihad terrorist attack on our homeland since 9/29. Meanwhile, we have B. Hussein Obama in the White House telling us not to rush to judgment.

    It is sort of like we have a president today who dithering on whether or not to continue a silly fantasy-based nation building mission in Afghanistan to try to win the hearts and minds of Muslims who are obligated per their religion to hate our guts no matter what, while Iran, on the other hand, with impunity and while thumbing its nose at the kafir non-Islamic world is on the verge of acquiring the Islamic bomb, which will inevitably lead to the proliferation of nuclear weapons across the entire Dar al Islam.

    Yep it’s obvious B. Hussein Obama and his ilk have their priorities straight. Not that the Republicans and unfortunately many conservatives today aren’t also as blind as a bat as well when it comes to Islam and Muslims! Whatever happened to quickly and forcefully obliterating our enemies ASAP, creating deterrence, and then going home? Apparently, political correct multiculturalism has afflicted our society every bit as bad as the Bubonic Plague afflicted the world during the Dark Ages.

    Not only that but we are having mosques now all across the country asking for extra police protection because of a feared backlash by so-called Islamaphobes or people who otherwise legitimately criticize Islam, even though so for, knock on wood, there has been no backlash.

    In other words, like they deceptively have been doing for many years now, CAIR and the other many Saudi funded Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) groups are using this tragic event to make the Muslims out to be the victims in the minds of the gullible, clueless, and naive politically correct.

    Considering the current occupants of the White House and the current majorities in Congress, along with the long established alliance the left has had with Islam, in the end this event will be attributed to a psychopath who just snapped and decided to unleash an attack in which 13 of our finest were shot down in cold blood and 38 were maimed and injured. No heads will ever roll for this monstrosity!

    Sort of like GWB never fired those multicultural politically correct moonbats whose incompetence was responsible for letting 9/11 happen. Instead, GWB just appointed an idiotic 9/11 commission to sweep their incompetence under the rug and to justify doubling the size of the federal government under the guise of protecting the homeland and to also make accommodation, per his Saudi and Gulf State benefactors, for Muslim immigration and all the excess baggage it carries along with it.

    Don’t look now but this country is being auctioned off by our so-called leaders and not necessarily to the highest bidders. Unfortunately, there will be no more America left over for our children and grandchildren. It is a very sorry state of affairs and I don’t like it one bit!

  • Rob_W

    PS:

    It appears my comment above – which was also entered on NPRs website next to this breaking story – was removed due to “not conforming to NPRs discussion guidelines”..

    NPRs correspondent clearly stated on the air that Hasan “must have been stressed by the stories of attrocities – some of which may have been committed by returning soldiers he counseled'.

    I consider it an honor for my stand-up comment – devoid of political correctness – to be deleted from that NPR left wing rag.

    RobW

  • Caravaggio

    As a veteran of the United States Airforce, I want to know what measures are being taken to protect the Amercan solder from this cult of death, Islam? It is not fair to place American soldiers in the company of criminals whose orientation dermand loyalty not to America, but to ethnocentric 7th Century theology.Why aren't our soldiers being protected?

  • LucyQ

    Exactly. We ought to let our armed forces be the killing machine they're trained to be, not nurses and social workers.

  • hocheeman

    Quite the contrary my friend. Being a communist means I am a continual student of world affairs. The press in America is deaf to the world's problems and always get it wrong on purpose because they are controlled by the government for good reason. They like us all quiet and not buzzed up, that is why they say the recession has ended and things are getting back to normal. Well, if you believe that, I have bridge in Brooklyn I want you to look at. Our country America thrives on a dumbed down population to survive. Revolutions thrive on people excited into action and America wants none of that and will control it. That is why most all demonstration are useless. They do not involve enough of the working class for they must be at work if they have a job. Idle people and angry people are the building blocks of revolution.
    I am not confused at all. Everything I have read of Marx is coming true. There is no escape. Capitalism is the most horrific form of economic planning ever conceived of and all wealthy land owners love it. The vast majority of the population in America get no benefits whatsoever from it. In fact many have lost their homes and their jobs and have no health care. They will continue to have no health care even under the new plan that is just pap for the masses. That I do not understand and either did the government that pushed it though and that was by plan. So, you see, I keep up on what is happening and I see a lot that is good and a lot that is bad. But I know the difference, do you?

  • LucyQ

    I agree with 'sk' wrote above. We leave Afghanistan and Iraq with as much damage as possible and pull back slowly with utter toughness. We announce on loudspeakers that for every murder or disability of US soldiers they cause, even a failed attempt, we will blow up a mosque and other institutions…..even if we built or repaired it for them.

    If violence continues, we announce we'll drop tons of bombs on them. We remind of the $50 million reward (or whatever the amount is now) for bin laden and his men on loudspeakers and we leave.

    And then, we leave, one brigade at a time. What will happen in Iraq and Afghanistan? They'll be glad we're gone, will think real hard before attacking us again and go back to killing each other. Ishmael respects brutal force and that's all.

  • davarino

    Yes I do know the difference. I do know that no system is perfect and there never will be one, do you? Unfortunately, you communists think you can create one. You talk about Capitalism's evils, are you kidding me? So for everyone here, can you please inform us how communism is so much better. I would really like to hear it. Not just your pie in the sky wish list, but name me all of the good things that current and past communist regimes have done. Please sing the praises of communism and dont tell me any more of the evils of capitalism, I will go ahead and assume that you are correct.

    evil capitalism akkkkk, yukki, done nothing good for mankind : )

    Ok go……

  • davarino

    Ok you dont want to answer my question. We were having a conversation about one subject and then you change it. You cant stay on a topic. I can understand that because you are about subterfuge, misdirection. Fine you hate this country. So leave already. Go to your favorite communist country. Ok lets see if you can answer this question. Which is your favorite communist country?

  • davarino

    Oh sorry Lucy. I had you figured all wrong. I take back everything I said about you : )

  • davarino

    Oh man, I'm beside myself hehe. Wow I dont know what to say. Where do I sign up? Ok sorry, I guess I wasnt listening to what you were saying earlier. I will try harder hehe.

    Man, dont piss her off

  • LucyQ

    Thank you. As you can see, I'm opposed to nation building for Islam and for ending both wars. A lot of people quickly equate that to communism, socialism, nazism and so forth so I appreciate your words. You are forgiven!

  • almamunnasim

    We pray that America is not heading to chaos and destruction by the acts of hate mongers, evil mongers and other acts of devils.

  • Optimus_Maximus

    Let me think a second..NO.

    Let's be honest. The only way we “changed the minds” of the Nazis and the Japanese in WWII was to break their will to fight. We made the cost of resisting us too high. We mandated changes in their educational system where the tenents of Nazism and Bushido were no longer instilled into their youth.

    Are we doing similar things today in Iraq and Afghanistan? No, because that is no longer politically correct. Practical, effective actions be damned. We are limited to politically correct actions. That's why both Iraq and Afghanistan still have the legal right to kill apostates of Islam To be a Christian or Jew openly in either society is to invite death.

    Islam is basically incompatible with a free society. So I believe we are throwing our money down a rat hole to build a sembilance of something (democracy) that is unsustainable in any Islamic culture. It's simple a manner of time before some Islamic cleric points out that democracy is against the Quran, and all the teachings of Mohammed, and lead a revolt to overthrow it.

    In the words of Ann Coulter, “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”

  • LucyQ

    Good post although I don't agree with Ann Coulter but do understand and appreciate her solution when she said that shortly after 911.

    Indeed, Islamic clerics have already said it. This is a quote from Bat Ye'or's book:

    “Thanks to your democratic laws, we will invade you. Thanks to our Islamic laws, we will conquer you.”

  • hocheeman

    Cuba of course. Free health care, free education through grad school, no one starves. That is all I need. I will go back to teaching BUT, the government here will not let me leave. I tried already. Because Cuba has been declared our enemy. My social security would not transfer to a communist country. I could not survive. I am a communist so I can understand how bad America is for killing those who do not agree with them and then profiting by pillaging their resources. America is a Satanic nation. I am outa here, do the research yourself, you are unteachable. Tough luck.

  • davarino

    Oh ya I can see that Hoch. I wander why it that so many people have braved the dangers of crossing the gulf to leave such a wonderful nation as Cuba. You make such a convincing arguement for communism by choosing Cuba. I throw up my arms in surrender, you got me : ) I hope you are more convincing in class cause I would want a refund dude.

    I'm sorry, I dont mean to be such a smart ass but come on, who are you kidding. Are you serious man? You have to do better than that. Free health care, really? What does that consist of, asperin and a band aid? Free education? Hmm I am sure they are well indoctrinated in communist ways.

  • LucyQ

    I agree that we shouldn't rely only on the media. Muslim money is in them all including the fact the Saudis own one-half of Fox News. Ditto for most of our universities and colleges……a bigger Ditto.

  • davidhorowitz

    The apologists for Hitler were the likes of Henry Ford and Prescott Bush, who did business with the Third Reich. Conservative Lothrop Stoddard, one of America's most virulent right-wing Anti-Semites and racists, traveled to Germany and was given a royal welcome (Germany's euthanasia program was modeled after that developed by American conservatives). Most conservatives were right-wing isolationists, who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the war effort.

  • davidhorowitz

    “Bush kept us safe”: 9/11 occured on his watch.
    “Bush pushed for the surge in Iraq”: After everyone waited, and waited and waited, and people died, and died, and died…

  • brenanc

    Your are sharp as a tack, Mr. Nom de Plume! Not only did 9/11 occur on his watch, but it followed his daddy's Presidency. During the intervening eight years, al Qaeda took a vacation, only to reconstitute themselves on 21 January 2001. Few have intellects so sublime, as to perceive the sequence of these events.

    Your intellect (and quite possibly, your moral courage) is matched by that of our current President, who–after declaring success in the war in Afghanistan to be in our nation's vital interest, has yet to act on his hand-picked general's request for more troops.

    I have a long way to go before I can match your appreciation of the intricacies of defense and foreign policy. These blogs are so instructive. I'm glad you can tear yourself away from Warcraft and Halo in order to share your insights with right-wing neanderthals like me.

  • LucyQ

    I would like to know why super-trained soldiers can't carry guns at their home base?? If the police are allowed to carry guns at base, why not our soldiers? I don't get it.