When Failure Carries No Cost

Caroline Glick is the Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Israel Security Project and the Senior Contributing Editor of The Jerusalem Post. For more information on Ms. Glick's work, visit carolineglick.com


0FEF390C-390A-4D56-B548-ACEC7DAED51C_mw1024_n_sOriginally published in the Jerusalem Post. 

This week, after a three-and-a-half-year delay, US Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was finally placed on trial for massacring 13 and wounding 32 at Ft. Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.

Hasan was a self-identified jihadist. His paper and electronic trail provided mountains of evidence that he committed the massacre to advance the cause of Islamic supremacy. Islamic supremacists like Hasan, and his early mentor al-Qaida operations chief Anwar al-Awlaki, view as enemies all people who oppose totalitarian Islam’s quest for global domination.

Before, during and following his assault, Hasan made his jihadist motives obvious to the point of caricature in his statements about the US, the US military and the duties of pious Muslims. But rather than believe Hasan, and so do justice to his victims, the Obama administration, with the active collusion of senior US military commanders went to great lengths to cover up Hasan’s ideological motivations and hence the nature of his crime.

On the day of the attack, Lt.-Gen. Robert Cone, then commander of III Corps at Ft. Hood, said preliminary evidence didn’t suggest that the shooting was terrorism. Cone said this even though it was immediately known that before he began shooting Hasan called out “Allahu akhbar.” He called himself a “Soldier of Islam” on his business cards.

In an interview with CNN three days after the attack, US Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said, “Our diversity, not only in our army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

The intensity of the Obama administration’s participation in this cover-up became clear in May 2012. At that time, Congress had placed a clause inside the Defense Appropriations Act requiring the Pentagon to award Purple Hearts to Ft. Hood’s victims. Rather than accept this eminently reasonable demand, which simply required the administration to acknowledge reality, Obama’s emissaries announced he would veto the appropriations bill and so leave the Pentagon without a budget unless the clause was removed.

Rather than define Hasan’s attack as an enemy attack or a terrorist act, the administration has defined it as a case of “workplace violence.” Following this determination, those wounded in the attack, as well as the families of the murdered, are denied the support conferred on soldiers killed or wounded by enemy fire.

At the first day of Hasan’s trial this week, he admitted that he perpetrated the murderous attack because he is a jihadist who “switched sides” in the war. That is, he told the court that he conducted the attack as an act of war against the United States to advance the goals of the global jihad.

Hasan’s statement made clear, once again, that in its efforts to describe his actions as “workplace violence,” the administration is engaging in a cover-up. Its purpose is to deny the American people the truth about the nature of the jihadist threat to their country.

Outside the conservative media, and certain circles of the Republican Party, there has been no public outcry over the government’s decision to cover up the nature of Hasan’s actions. The public’s passivity in the face of the government’s mendacious, unjust behavior owes to the fact that the mainstream media have not castigated the administration for its decision to hide that Hasan was not a garden variety disgruntled employee but a traitor who acted in the service of declared enemies of the United States. In the absence of a media-induced public outcry, the administration has no reason to change its behavior. It has no impetus to acknowledge the truth and act accordingly.

THE SAME is the case with regards to the September 11, 2012, attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. Already on the day of the attack, it was apparent that the US mission and the CIA annex had been targeted in a premeditated, preplanned attack. Footage of the attack broadcast in real time showed armed men attacking the consulate with rocket-propelled grenades. It was not an act of savage mob violence. Mobs do not carry RPGs or act in a coordinated manner. That is, already at the time of the attack it was apparent that it was not a spontaneous protest in response to an anti-Islamic video on YouTube.

And yet, from the outset, the administration covered up what happened. And the media colluded. Fox News was the only major network that pursued the story. A US ambassador was raped and murdered on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. US personnel were under multi-pronged attack for hours. Their desperate pleas for assistance were denied by the administration. And the US media went along with the fiction that the attack was a spontaneous outburst of rage over a YouTube video no one had ever seen.

The media’s collusion was so great that CNN anchor Candy Crowley threw a US presidential debate when she defended Barack Obama’s handling of the attack by inserting false information in the middle of the debate that she was moderating.

The Benghazi story keeps getting more and more outrageous. Last week we learned that some two dozen CIA personnel were on the ground during the attack. The administration has reportedly scattered these operatives throughout the US and forced them to adopt new identities. They have reportedly been prohibited from speaking to the media or congressional investigators, and subjected to monthly polygraph tests.

US personnel wounded in the attack have been hidden from investigators since the attack took place.

This behavior is scandalous, and unprecedented. Yet, outside of the “usual suspects” in the conservative media and the Republican Party, there is no outrage. The media coverage of this shocking revelation is nearly nonexistent, and where it exists, the reportage is laconic, indifferent.

Here, too, the administration feels comfortable perpetuating its cover-up. As in the case of Ft. Hood, why come clean if there is no price to pay for lying and covering up?

Speaking of the frequent US failures in understanding events in faraway lands, Winston Churchill famously quipped, “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.”

But what if the other possibilities are never exhausted? The media’s collusion with the Obama administration’s false portrayal of jihadist attacks on US targets gives foreign leaders concerned about the US’s lackadaisical attitude toward jihadist threats no reason for confidence. In the absence of public pressure, the Obama administration has no reason to change course when its policies fail.

IN ISRAEL’S case, the first place where the lesson of this state of affairs needs to be internalized is in regards to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Since taking office, Obama has repeatedly claimed that he will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. But in practice, his actions have enabled Iran to vastly expand its nuclear weapons program. Due to his malfeasance, today Iran has arrived at the cusp of a nuclear arsenal. More than his words, Obama’s actions have made clear that he has no intention whatsoever of conducting military strikes against Iran’s nuclear installations to prevent the regime from developing nuclear weapons.

Obama’s latest ploy for running the clock down is his embrace of the fiction that Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, is a moderate interested, (and perforce empowered), to cut a nuclear deal with the US that would see Iran voluntarily and credibly end its uranium enrichment activities.

Speaking of Rouhani this week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu referred to him as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” and warned US and European officials not to be taken in by his act. Netanyahu also noted that Iran has expanded its nuclear activities since Rouhani was elected two months ago.

But he might as well save his breath.

Rouhani’s act – like that of his supposedly moderate predecessors Mohammad Khatami and Ahkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani – is so thin that it can only work on people who will be taken in by anyone. And indeed, the Obama administration was taken in by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For five years Obama insisted on conducting self-evidently futile negotiations with Iran while Ahmadinejad – the anti-moderate – was serving as president.

The US and Europe are not taken in by Iran because Iran is good at hiding its true intentions. They are taken in by Iran because they want to be taken in. They want to believe that they don’t have to attack Iran and overthrow the regime to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power. They want to believe they can appease Iran by pretending it isn’t a danger, just as they believe they can end the threat of terror by jihadists in the US military and Benghazi by pretending they don’t exist.

They want to believe these threats can be ignored, or appeased away. And just as Obama and his followers are willing to pretend away Hasan’s actions to protect “diversity,” and to pretend away the September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi to protect the myth of the Arab Spring, so they are willing to permit Iran to go nuclear to protect the sanctity of appeasement.

The only thing they are willing to put their foot down about is the prospect of an Israeli strike. And they have put their foot down on this issue for the past decade. It isn’t that the US is deliberately enabling Iran to acquire a nuclear arsenal. It is just that the US elite in government and the media care more about protecting their faith in diversity and appeasement than they do about preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

They have convinced themselves that the prospect of appeasing Iran will evaporate if Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear installations. And so we have seen a parade of senior US defense officials descending on Israel every time it appears that Israel is planning to attack Iran. We have seen a parade of former Israeli military and security chiefs with close ties to the US defense establishment declaring before every available microphone that Israel must not strike Iran and that we can count on Obama to protect us.

But we mustn’t believe their assurances or succumb to their pressure. Obama will not change course. He doesn’t have to. So long as he maintains faith with the god of appeasement, the US media will protect him. And so long as they protect him, he will pay no price for his failures. So he will repeat them.

Israel cannot countenance a nuclear Iran. So Israel needs to attack Iran’s nuclear installations.

No more needs to be said.

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  • Jossi

    Caroline has got it to the point again, as usual, though as much as I admire Caroline’s concise and rational thinking, I don’t think my country (Israel) will attack Iran. Decades ago we had guts, many of our operations were so daring that even movies were made. Israel has no guts today to attack Iran, yes we should, though the guts are missing, unfortunately we got the appeasement sickness, handled our political leaders, and today, we’ve an army that is a “humanitarian army” handled by armchair generals. This is a serious weakness. On the other hand, I’m firmly convinced, Europe (commanded by Germany) together with the Middle Eastern countries will at some point attack Iran. When 2 powerful political whore-blocks get together, they’ll first eliminate their enemy No.1, before taking “care of the rest”…….

    • Bamaguje

      Israel’s reluctance to attack Iran’s nuclear sites has nothing to with lack of guts, but with the logistic difficulties of such strike.
      Unlike Iraq and nearby Syria whose nuclear facilities were destroyed by the Jewish nation; Iran is quite distant from Israel.

      Israeli bombers would have to fly over hostile Arab countries to reach Iran’s nuclear facilities which are deeply bunkered and widely dispersed.

      • TheOrdinaryMan

        And they had to fly over hostile Arab countries to destroy the Osirak nuclear plant in 1981, but the important thing is, they did it, and they were successful. The IAF can disable Iran’s ever-increasing nuclear program, despite the fact that the facilities are “deeply bunkered and widely dispersed.” All that has to happen is for Netanyahu to issue the order to carry it out. Yes, the Jews will be blamed, but a few in the sleazebag “mainstream” media might be persuaded to change their tune, when they realize that Israel is doing the right thing, and saving them in the process. Caroline Glick has been writing about Iran’s nuclear danger for years now. Caroline Glick for Prime Minister.

      • Jossi

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      • Moa

        Yep, it’s the logistics that are hard.

        Because the number one enemy of Saudi Arabia is not Israel but Iran the Saudis appear to have indicates that Israeli strike aircraft would not be prevented from usinbg Saudi Airspace. Of course, the Saudis will howl in the UN, but they will not lift a finger to stop the IDF.

        The Israelis used to have an option going through Turkey, but that has shut down. Otherwise a long flight over the Med, through Turkey and through the north of Iran would have worked. Refueling probably in Azerbaijan (which, like the Saudis, fear a strong Iran).

        The irony is that Israel cannot fly through Iraqi airspace, because US aircraft would probably stop them.

        Then we have the robotic options. Strikes using drones from Azerbaijan (which the US disgracefully leaked information about; this Democrat Administration really really hates Israel) or cruise missiles from Israeli submarines in the Arabian Gulf.

        It is also worth noting that Israel has been acquiring deep penetration bombs and has permission to buy US tanker aircraft (which would greatly aid the logistics for such a mission). In order to get these aircraft Israel appears to have made a few concessions to the relatively hostile (and clearly ideologically deluded) Obama Administration. The Israelis are playing the Long Game and making concessions where they have to in order to be able to act independently. What you perceive as crazy tatical concessions by Netenyahu are actually necessary evils for eventually strategic victory in the face of an idiotic ally (the US).

        Through the appeasement of Kerry and Obama the Israeli Government has actually been very shrewd in its decision making. They have been doing the best they can despite some arm twisting and duplicitous leaks from their US “allies”. Please don’t confuse that with Israeli weakness. Consider the Long Term (strategic) view.

    • Moa

      Guest, it turns out that Israel has been playing a very cunning long game. I post about this below if you care to read. You might change your opinion about the strategic wisdom of your Government. Please see my post just below.

  • http://www.MARVINFOX.com/ Marvin E. Fox

    This administration, after saying the Constitution is a flawed document, has left little doubt of its lack of respect for the laws the Constitution harbors. The Administration heads the DOJ, FBI, all of the military, NSA, IRS and all other agencies. Obama has a majority in the Senate, and strength in the House.
    I remember what Robert Byrd Said, speaking for the Senate after the House Impeached Bill Clinton. He said that President Bill clinton had committed impeachable offense, but the Senate had more important things to do than conduct the trial. Without the trial; an accusation is nothing, even if the accused is considered guilty by the foremost of his judges.
    Fortunately for our Republic, many America citizens have been gaining a higher level of knowledge about our constitution; and are close to learning how to use it themselves, as our founders intended.
    Marvin Fox

  • Crusaderjoe

    I believe that Obama knowingly wants Israel to attack Iran (hence his appeasement and non action) knowing that the resultant and (preceding) Islamic unrest will be blamed on the scapegoat of the ages (Israel/jews). He is correct and after Israel attacks, Bengazi, Eggypt, Syria all will be forgotten and world ire will be re-focused on the Jews.

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  • tagalog

    Commenting on what Gen. Casey said, I have my doubts that it’s any loss to our great nation and our great armed forces to abandon a form of diversity that tolerates Islamic jihadists in the ranks when Islamic jihadists are trying to kill us, and the jihadist in the ranks is advertising himself openly as a warrior for Allah.

    Somehow I just can’t get very worked up about the hit on democracy and tolerance if we don’t tolerate those types.

  • Arizona

    AMERICA has not even considered the worse problem they have yet,..THE ANTI-CHRIST..OBAMA, the animals are all dropping dead,war around the world is about to really get out of hand,every nation on the planet HATES AMERICANS because what there doing,and all the foreign nations are moving into a position to attack and the whole country is still asleep,and WE ARE ABOUT TO SEE A REAL “RED DAWN” on america,and the only things you hear about are the football game,but soon it will be HOW MANY do you think survived,are they on their way here…..THATS RIGHT,you morons have PUT REVELATIONS IN MOTION,read your BIBLE if you care what happens next……OR let your families death be a surprise,and then cry later about how stupid you were……………

    • Moa

      I’m from New Zealand. We love America (and Israel, and plenty of other civilized countries too). We also had great hopes for Obama. But now we see his deeds do not match his soaring promises nor stand up for the Constitution and the Enlightenment Values we share. Please realise that even foreigners are smart enough to distinguish the courage, decency and generosity of the American people from the corrupted poltiical parties that govern you.

      The Iranian people and Egyptian peoples also clearly know this difference. When America stands for democracy and justice we all support it – when America’s leaders act like tyrants then we make the distinction. We can see how the political Left and left-leaning media are ruining America, and Norway, and Sweden, and Germany, etc through Cultural Marxism and Marxist Political Correctness.

      Since the rest of the World wants to see the US strong, doing the Right Thing, and acomplishing what only America has the strength to do then we too long for the US to get rid of the parasites that now lead it.

      Please don’t mistake our disgust and exasperation with US political ‘leadership’ with a hatred of US ideals or its people. We’re hoping enough citizens get mad enough that you actually vote out the politicians who been letting you down and put in more solid folks like David Dewhust and Ted Cruz.

      Peace [through strength!] :)

      • pfbonney

        “The Iranian people … also clearly know this difference.”

        When I was deployed to Iraq 2009/2010, a local Iraqi interpreter was telling me that when his father was visiting relatives in Iran, they were hoping that the US would invade Iran to drive out the current regime.

        Even many Iranians can see that we are not the “Great Satan” that we are “cracked up” to be.

        Of course, that’ll never happen. (Its time for someone else, perhaps Israel, to step up to the plate.) Just as well. We’re too war weary.

        In contrast to your perspective, Canadians don’t seem to like either the US or any Americans. I lived there for 7 years, in the Atlantic Provinces. They still adore Obama. So I guess they do like one American. So-called. ;-)

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

    The American pubic (not to mention Hasan’s victims) has become casualty to your brand of “diversity.”

    Treason can always be celebrated as diversity.

  • ziggy zoggy

    “Totalitarian islam’s quest for world domination?” Shouldn’t that have read: “islam’s totalitarian quest for world domination?”

    Words have meaning.

    • Peter S K Sydney

      Yes I think Caroline means that Islam is intrinsically totalitarian, as flows from the Qur’an and the example of the Prophet.
      The quest for domination is the result of the doctrines of Islam and has been advance by all available means since its inception.

      • ziggy zoggy

        You may be right. I assumed she was trying to differentiate totalitarian islam from ordinary islam when there is no such distinction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Geoffrey-Britain/100003802091841 Geoffrey Britain

    Sigh. Israel can’t stop Iran’s nuclear program. There are only two ways to do so; a nuclear attack or repeated attacks with conventional weapons. An ‘unprovoked’ nuclear attack against Iran by Israel is a political non-starter. That is because of the repercussions. There would be nuclear retaliation by Muslims against Israel. Most likely against Tel Aviv. Israel cannot survive a successful nuclear attack upon Tel Aviv, it’s governmental and cultural capital and most populous city. The other repercussion of a nuclear attack by Israel is that it would provide the perfect excuse for Obama to end support for Israel.

    That leaves conventional ewapons, which in order to be effective would require an air campaign, which is beyond Israel’s capabilities and would also provide Obama the excuse he needs in order to end American support for Israel. This is why Israel hasn’t and will not attack Iran.

    • ziggy zoggy

      An air campaign is well within Israel’s capabilities and Pakistan has zero chance of nuking Israel.

    • Things to Come

      No my friend I believe you are wrong. Israel has the Sampson option. From the death camps of WWII. The Jewish national identity has collectively said never again. Meaning if they feel their nation is going to have to suffer as the Jews in Europe did in the 1940s. They will use nukes to take down every enemy with them. Without giving a damn to world opinion.

      Another very real prospect is Syria, pick a side in the civil war it matters not, launches chemical weapons on Tel Aviv. Israel would nuke Damascus in response. Iran would then be forced to attack. Israel knowing this would strike first. Taking out any Iranian nuclear processing facility to limit the Iranian response. The other Muslim nations will be outraged and attack with the aid of the terrorist groups and Palistinians. Just like in 1948, 67, 74, 2000 and 2006 they will get their asses handed to them by the IDF. The Israelites will likely use tactical nukes knowing they cannot afford to loose. Once the dust settles Israel will take over land currently held in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.

      This will transform Israel into on of the largest holders of oil and natural gas. This will shift the world balance of power and severely alter Russia’s position in the middle east. Not to mention the Russian strangle hold on their natural gas manopoly to eastern Europe. As Israel would be fully capable of supplying it.

      • odgreen

        Tragically, It seems more and more that Israel is being forced back to Masada. The Samson option. There will be no winners. God will not forgive America. Obama will be the first one on a very crowded down elevator straight to hell. Still we must hope for the best and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

    • Moa

      Of course Israel can stop Iran. Want to know why? Because Israel shares a common trait with Russia. When they go to war, they GO TO WAR! They go to win. They know there will be casualties, and they try and minimize them, but they know that the first rule of war is to win.

      These days, when the US goes to war its professional military GOES TO WAR! it’s leadership (including the senior Pentagon “flag” officers, who are “political animals”) hope to obtain favourable conditions for a negotiate peace – without burning too much political capital to do so.

      See the difference between countries? the difference is “the will to win”.

      Israel has the will to win – it has no choice. Especially on the nuclear armed Iran issue.

      Because Israel must win, it will win – or die trying (unlikely, given the terrible state of the Iranian military). Only a fool would underestimate Israel’s resolve and the significance of this as the determining strategic factor.

  • SoCalMike

    There is a special place in hell with false prophet Candy Crowley’s name on it.
    What a piece of foul reprehensible dirt.
    The sad thing is the Republicans are so pathetically stupid and spineless they learned nothing from this.
    We have a dangerous lawless party and a spineless braindead opposition party.

    • tatave

      I coined two sayings;’”Do a Crowley” and “don’t do a Crowley”.Just to immortalise her name in history.She is a Dem say no more!

    • Only the facts

      The special place? It is the “Ninth Circle of Hell” where the late NYC Mayor, Ed Koch consigned the deceased political leftist and Israel hater, Susan Sontag.

  • pfbonney

    We need a Conservative Republican Jew for our next US president to help clean up the mess Obama leaves behind.

    Kissinger is too old.

    David Horowitz?!

  • tatave

    There is a cost which is getting greater by the day,but they don’t know about it yet,because the bill as not been presented.The dark clouds are gathering,let the fools enjoy their paradise while they can,the awakening will be harsh.

  • Everett Vulgamore

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  • Bobbala

    Ms. Glick you are in error. He is not a traitor. He is an enemy agent or spy.

  • BigCatDaddy

    Since this crime was committed on a military base, Hasan has to be charged under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice… as such, there is no distinction/option to categorize this as a terrorist act.

    In order to charge him as a terrorist, the case would have to be transferred to a civil court… which would probably cause many more problems than it’s worth including a public “show trial”, endless appeals, etc.

    I’m no fan of Obama or his administration, but I believe the right thing is being done here to seek justice.