Correct us if we’re wrong but there seems to be a bit of inconsistency with Obama’s approach to terrorism, err… man-made contingencies or whatever it is they are calling it these days.
To combat, umm, terrorism, the President has quite the quick trigger finger when it comes to taking out alleged bad guys from his deck of cards he keeps, presumably in the Oval Office, via drone strikes and whomever else happens to be around (because when pondering how it is that the innocent bystander body count has dropped as it has under Obama, consider that those “innocent bystanders” were hanging out with the wrong element and thus had their “innocent” card pulled, thank you very much).
Now stand this up to the fact that he still wants to try our friends there in Gitmo in civilian courts… but swears they will never see the light of day, even if a person like the 9-11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, is acquitted. U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki (dead via drone strike) and his also dead teenage son (see what hanging out with the wrong element will get you) should have been so lucky to be rounded up and sent to Gitmo under the Bush regime.
And now, if your head isn’t spinning enough consider the situation regarding the Ft. Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan (pictured), who has been behind bars now for 3 years since his act of, well… just read this:
Victims of the Fort Hood shooting are rallying in a grassroots effort to get the rampage classified as an act of terrorism.
A coalition of 160 victims and family members released a video Thursday detailing what happened at the Texas military base on Nov. 5, 2009, and why they believe it was a terror attack.
In “The Truth About Fort Hood,” victims give testimonials about their experience and express their frustration at the government calling the incident “workplace violence.”
They point out that the accused shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, consulted by email with top al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki about whether an attack against American soldiers was justified to “protect our brothers.” Until his death in an airstrike in 2011, Yemen-based Awlaki was considered one of the United States’ top enemies.
(italics, ours... as if they were really needed)
The video can be found at the link.
For the victims who survived and the families of those who were slain, this isn't merely about terminology and it isn't about a distinction without a difference, there are real-world consequences to "working place violence".
Because the incident is not considered an act of terrorism, the victims do not get combat-related special compensation that provides disability pay for medically retired servicemembers. Manning, who was shot six times, was recently denied such benefits.
The victims are also ineligible for Purple Hearts or medals for valor.
Stalnaker said her husband, Sgt. Rex Stalnaker, feels diminished by the government denying he suffered through a terrorist attack, and it causes him to doubt the importance of what he did that day. As a medic, Stalnaker treated many of the victims and was one of the last to leave the building. His uniform was soaked in blood.
Hasan had been in regular contact with the very man the Obama administration had deemed dangerous enough as a terrorist to have taken out and not brought in; the aforementioned and still dead, Anwar al-Awlaki.
If Hasan's actions, words and speech both prior to and during his act of terror can't be classified as such, then the term simply no longer exists.
Yeah. While Team O continues to spike the "bin Laden is dead" ball over and over again out on the campaign trail, the men and women who served in our armed forces and those who acted heroically on that day of terror are getting the shaft by the very same people.
It's utter incoherence and complete non-sense and is a bottom-line embarrassment to this country. The men and women of our armed forces deserve better. We need to put a stop to this and a good place to start would be on November 6.
(h/t: Hot Air)
(This blog was posted from the comfort of camping spot No. 31 at the South Campground of Zion National Park with excellent connectivity on one hand and an ice cold end-of-a-long-hike beer in the other.)