Gen. Casey lines us up for the next Hasan?
The quote last week that caught my eye shows that a good deal of blame can be placed on political correctness.
“I told him, ‘There’s something wrong with you,’” Osman Danquah, co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen, told The Associated Press on Saturday. “I didn’t get the feeling he was talking for himself, but something just didn’t seem right.”
Danquah assumed the military’s chain of command knew about Hasan’s doubts, which had been known for more than a year to classmates at the Maryland graduate military medical program. His fellow students complained to the faculty about Hasan’s “anti-American propaganda,” but said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim student kept officers from filing a formal complaint.
At NRO’s the corner they’re calling “better screwed than rude”.
So what does General Casey make the rounds of Sunday morning talk shows to tell us? These are the lead two paragraphs in a NYT story, where they indicated he said pretty much the same thing on two other shows. It sure sounds like he’s reemphasizing that the Army is still following the “better screwed than rude” policy. Incredible.
General George Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, said on Sunday that he was concerned that speculation about the religious beliefs of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 12 fellow soldiers and one civilian and wounding dozens of others in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, could “cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.”
“I’ve asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that,” General Casey said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union. “It would be a shame — as great a tragedy as this was — it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”
I’d have thought he’d be asking his Army leaders to make sure that all our troops are treated equally instead of acting like the soldier who reports the next Hasan is a racist guilty of a hate crime.