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Ft Hood Shooting

Curious how the Ft Hood shooting just sort of went "pfffffft" in the mainstream media, isn't it? Here's an Associated Press article that just made it into Fox:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,582732,00.html

The funny thing is that the AP seems to be after a story that suggests that Hassan's Army superiors were inept or corrupt for ignoring their concerns and continuing to promote him. The unanswered question the media keeps struggling with is "Why?"

Mark my words: this story's about to fall off the face of the Earth. I'll tell you why. It's because the military drills EEO into you. There's regular training on it. There's briefings. There are offices dedicated to it. Climate assessments are done on organizations to poll people about how they perceive their leadership's support of EEO programs. Complaints are investigated, and there's a "guilty until proven innocent" undertone when it comes to racial or sexist comments. Make a racial or sexist comment, and the swift hand of justice comes down hard and fast. Make no mistake: bigotry can be a career ender. But even worse is taking action based on bigotry that actually adversely affects someone's career.

So do you think there's any chance at all that any officer would raise the flag and accuse the guy of radical Islamic views? Heaven help the poor bugger that actually marks the guy down on a performance report, changes a work assignment, denies a security clearance, or otherwise do something that damages Hassan's career. Had that happened, Hassan would've gone straight to EEO, the IG, and his congressman and complained that he was being discriminated on for his religious views. Whoever took the action against him would've been immediately put on the hot seat. Hassan would be portrayed as yet another victim of anti-Muslim prejudice, and the negative action would no doubt be expunged, and whoever initiated the action would pay a heavy price. It was obvious the guy was "in your face" about his views -- when dealing with people like that you know they're going to go nuclear over any perceived slight. Nobody wants to throw a flag when dealing with a guy like that who has a system heavily loaded in his favor.

This story is going to go away fast, because there's no way the mainstream media will report that 13 people died due to political correctness.

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Re: Ft Hood Shooting

This is my opinion as well. That people died for polictial correctness.

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I have felt from the beginning that this had to do with political correctness. Expat's explanation hit the nail on the head.

So now what? Obviously we don't want the military to throw everything out the window due to this incident, however measures must be taken that this does not happen again. Some degree of profiling appears to be necessary.

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I personally don't expect the military to do much besides try to CYA with some sort of push to remember to flag threatening behaviors. Of course, I doubt it'll come with any sort of protections for the person raising the issue, so it'll be window dressing to look like they're doing something.

Another dynamic in this is that we're talking about medical officers. Don't get me wrong; medical officers do great things. But they're not line officers. They live in a different environment that's less military and more empathic. My experience has been that they struggle a lot more with whether and how to enforce discipline, when other career fields pull out the hammer and start thumping without thinking twice about it. They generally deal with a different caliber of people, and doctors don't do much actual supervision. So when it comes to leadership and making tough calls, they're generally weaker than other career fields.

Again, don't get me wrong because they do a great job. But theirs is a world of support, not a world of direction. This is why if you're ever facing a court martial, the ideal jury member for the defense is a single medical officer who owns a cat. If Hasan had been infantry, someone would've been more likely to confront him.

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Once again I find it ironic and sad that the very people who defend our constitutional rights and freedoms (specificaly the 2nd amendment) died because they were denied theirs when they needed them most. Why is it the military seems to think military bases should be gun free zones? Common sense should dictate otherwise. Confused

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Most people would be amazed at how far left of center the military operates. You can't carry a weapon on base. If you live on base, your firearms must be registered with the police. If you want to run a business from your on-base home, you must get permission from the base exchange and prove that you won't compete with them. You get health care, but don't have a choice in whether or not you receive vaccinations. You don't have a choice on things like dental exams, either. You are subject to mandatory physical fitness standards, and if you're struggling you're enrolled in mandatory PT programs. If you're Air Force, you get trained on the military's homosexual policy every year, but only fire a weapon every 2-3 years. You're prohibited from expressing political opinions in uniform, and must be careful about any political activity in or out of uniform. You're subject to urinalysis at any time. You're subject to random searches when coming through the gate. You're subject to investigation into the last ten years of your life for security clearances -- to include traffic tickets, bounced checks, family members, associations, supervisors, work history, any travel abroad, and medical records. I've seen hundreds of people recalled for mandatory mass formations on Saturday morning because someone got a DUI. I've seen the Army prohibit all of its soldiers in the state (thousands) from carrying weapons on or off base, in or out of uniform, even if they have a CCW permit, because a couple bozos shot at people off base. I've seen Marines dictate off-duty dress codes for all of its people -- shirt must be tucked in, no open-toed shoes, belts mandatory, etc. I had a brother in law who was a corpsman, who had to get permission to leave post to come have dinner with us during his off-duty time on the weekend -- and he was in his 40s and in no trouble whatsoever.

Why is this? Because the military views its people the same way liberal governments do -- as assets to manage, rather than as individuals. So rules tend to be written to the lowest common denominator. If someone does something stupid, they have to rein everybody in. Supervisors and commanders are held accountable for what their subordinates do. This is one reason why I'm enormously suspicious of liberal agendas. I know what's at the end of the road when government prioritizes the collective over individual liberty.

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Well here it is...let the scapegoating begin. Looks like they're going to go after the Army officers that didn't say anything about Hasan. Rather than face the problem, they'll find a few expendable schmucks to sacrifice on the altar of political correctness. Al Qaeda knows they have America by the short hairs, because we fear each other more than we fear them.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-fort-hood15-2010jan15...

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