There are two stories you need to read about the Ft. Hood Report that came out, one in the WaPo and one in Time.
Back to military basics; what, so what, what next.
From what I read, the leaders of the review, former Army secretary Togo D. West Jr. and retired Adm. Vernon E. Clark, a former chief of naval operations, fail on all three parts, and fail in the most critical part is this; what is the reason that so many good, professional officers did the following?
A Pentagon review of the Fort Hood shootings has found that several officers failed to intervene in the career of the suspect, despite widespread signs of his religious radicalization and his shortcomings as a soldier.The reason is that they are terrorized of being called a bigot, Islamaphobe, or racist if they bring up the topic of Islamic radicalism, and for good reason. There is no top cover once that charge is made. It only takes one FITREP under a cloud and you are done.
Last May, he (Hasan) was promoted to the rank of major despite concerns expressed about his handling of patients, his increased tendency to proselytize to fellow soldiers about his Muslim faith, and his outspoken opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The review determined that supervisors of Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the Nov. 5 attack at the Texas military post, bungled his performance reviews by excluding instances of erratic behavior in treating patients and signs that he might be growing sympathetic to suicide bombers.
The report did not name the officers or specify how many should be held accountable. But West said that "we have no doubt the Army will be able to isolate any individuals" who could face disciplinary action, based on detailed information about Hasan's career that was included in a confidential addendum to the report.Because if they do - here is the first person whose head should go on the block - he allows and encourages the command climate that produced this.
If he is so scared of the Diversity Industry that he would be this blind - then his replacement should happen sooner, not later.
Lehman know this.
The U.S. military's just-released report into the Fort Hood shootings spends 86 pages detailing various slipups by Army officers but not once mentions Major Nidal Hasan by name or even discusses whether the killings may have had anything to do with the suspect's view of his Muslim faith. And as Congress opens two days of hearings on Wednesday into the Pentagon probe of the Nov. 5 attack that left 13 dead, lawmakers want explanations for that omission.
John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 commission and Navy Secretary during the Reagan Administration, says a reluctance to cause offense by citing Hasan's view of his Muslim faith and the U.S. military's activities in Muslim countries as a possible trigger for his alleged rampage reflects a problem that has gotten worse in the 40 years that Lehman has spent in and around the U.S. military. The Pentagon report's silence on Islamic extremism "shows you how deeply entrenched the values of political correctness have become," he told TIME on Tuesday. "It's definitely getting worse, and is now so ingrained that people no longer smirk when it happens."On the good news side of the house, SECDEF gets it methinks,
He also said the military's ability to guard against internal threats is still geared toward uncovering Cold War moles instead of detecting religious radicals.He needs to follow up with action. He needs a clear headed briefing on what the Diversity Industry is creating within the military.
Gates said the military needed to be alert to perceived signs of danger and deal with them "openly and honestly."
This wasn't based on old Cold War thinking - this is the result of fear - fear of being called a bigot for saying water is wet.
SECDEF - you are a quick study - give your uniformed leadership the top cover they need. They don't have it right now, and as a result there will be more and more Gen. Casey thinking out there, and that will lead to more attacks.
UPDATE: Watch it all - CNN is asking for a clue, would you like to help them?