In July, the number of people murdered in New York City rose 59 percent compared to the same month last year, and shootings surged 177 percent. Overall, in the first six months of 2020, homicides rose 21 and shootings by 46 percent. Despite the mounting casualties, the New York Times prefers to focus elsewhere.
“A Year of Heartbreak and Bloodshed at Fort Hood,” headlined a September 9 NYT story by Manny Fernandez. The focus is Vanessa Guillen, 20, a military specialist authorities say was killed on base by a fellow soldier who later took his own life. As Fernandez explains, the handful of high-profile cases are “a small fraction of an alarming death toll.” Since January 2016, “more troops from Fort Hood have died in homicides on and off the sprawling base than have died in combat zones.”
As Fernandez has it, there have been 159 noncombat trooper deaths, seven homicides and 71 suicides, and “no clear single reason explains the rash of deaths and violence.” On the other hand, the NYT writer cites an atmosphere of sexual harassment, preventable accidents and “a military culture that has tended to overlooks conflicts that happen far from the battlefield.”
Down lower in the piece, readers learn of “the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan,” but the New York Times writer provides no background or casualty figures. The facts are easily accessible in Lessons from Fort Hood: Improving Our Ability to Connect the Dots, a 2012 report based on congressional hearings.
Maj. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist was a self-described “soldier of Allah,” communicating with terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki about killing Americans soldiers. On November 5, 2009, Nidal shouted “Allahu Akbar” and opened fire on unarmed soldiers and civilians. He killed 13, including, Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21 and pregnant. The soldier of Allah wounded 42 others in the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, but which the president formerly known as Barry Soetoro called “workplace violence.”
Vice President Joe Biden issued a 58-work statement expressing sympathy for, the families of “the brave soldiers who fell today.” No word from the vice president about who had killed the brave soldiers, in the “senseless tragedy.” It was actually Islamic terrorism and could easily have been prevented, as Lessons from Fort Hood explains.
Major Hasan came to the attention of the FBI for the 18 emails he sent to jihadist al-Awlaki. That rang alarms at the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego, and agents alerted the Washington Field Office, which dropped the case. No word who gave the order, and whether they were ever held accountable. The president did not fire FBI boss Robert Mueller, who later gained fame as head of the Russia collusion probe.
According to an August 6 Army Times report, eight soldiers have died on or near Fort Hood this year, with five of the deaths “publicly linked to foul play.” The base has become the subject of an “independent command climate review,” by Chris Swecker, former assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and four others, including Carrie Ricci, assistant general counsel for the Department of Agriculture.
“We’re getting an outside look to help us to get to those root causes and understand them,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters. “we’re going to put every resource and all of the energy we can from this institution behind fixing these problems.”
After November 5, 2009, the Army conducted no independent review to identify the root cause of Nidal Hasan’s attack. Likewise, there was no effort to track down other jihadists who had infiltrated the U.S. military.
The eight deaths at Ford Hood this year, five linked to foul play, are far less than the 178 homicides in New York City this year as of July 1, along with 528 shooting incidents and 636 shooting victims, marked increases from last year. The city and state of New York have mounted no independent review to reveal the root cause of this deadly violence or find ways to fix it. Indeed, with mayor Bill de Blasio ripping $1 billion from the police budget, violent crime will surely get worse.
As Newt Gingrich explains, the mayor is basically saying, “break the law and nothing will happen to you.” In a sense, that is also true of radical Islamic terrorists.
Fort Hood mass murderer Allah Nidal Hasan got better medical treatment than his victims and even continued to draw his salary. The terrorist was sentenced to death in 2013 but more than 10 years after his crime, the soldier of Allah Nidal remains alive. This basically says, murder 13 Americans and you can keep your own life and still promote your terrorist cause.
In 2014, the composite character president declined to meet with Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who took seven bullets from Hasan. The Department of Defense was still refusing to classify the Fort Hood massacre as terrorism. President Trump, by contrast, does not hesitate to identify and denounce radical Islamic terrorism.
President Trump destroyed ISIS and took out master terrorists al-Baghdadi and Soleimani.
President Trump should now order the execution of terrorist mass murderer Nidal Hasan. That would be justice for veterans of Fort Hood, and millions of Americans would thank the president for his service.