Island Dweller has a guest post today:
It seems the highlights of the Ft Hood trial are over, with the perp being found so richly guilty of the misery he inflicted. We can now wait for years as this case makes its way through the Court of Military Appeals where it will be minutely scrutinized for error, at the end of which process we will find the military will have done away with capital punishment and Mr. Hassan will be assured of a long (but hopefully very unhappy) life behind bars.
Justice has not truly been meted out, however. We still have a number of commissioned officers, reporting officials for said perp, who are either retired and enjoying their taxpayer-funded pensions, or have moved on to (probably) higher-ranking positions in the Army. I am referring to those gutless individuals who had the chance to call Hassan for what he was in the annual fitness reports they authored either annually or upon a transfer, and thereby stop his progression through the ranks and possibly evict him from the Army – but apparently chose not to do so due to political correctness, or personal expediency. There just is no way on this green earth his behavior that led to so much suffering surfaced without any prior notice or alarm on the part of others. In this case, the policy of political correctness, alive and well in the government and the Army as well, is to blame with crystal clarity. His performance reviewers are very much to blame for failing to have the courage they demand of their soldiers, and doing something that was risky – calling this guy on his behavior and bringing it to the attention of others. They couldn’t be bothered, however – too much work in building a dossier, and too much potential damage to their own careers if they didn’t do it properly. Even being successful would have been predicated on heading off an incident that might never happen, so there was a risk of being branded a bigot and Islamophobe. So, they gave him rave remarks and kicked this increasingly evident problem somewhere else in the Army medical system. His peers, and those be was “treating” in the Army, couldn’t report it due to his membership in a protected class within the Army that would have likewise branded them racist bigots and Islamophobes had they reported behavior that was clearly of concern.
To further expand on this theme, please note Mr. Manning, also recently court-martialed and in a protected class within the military, will apparently be receiving preferential treatment and, by news reports, may even have his sentence greatly reduced or suspended due to his gender confusion and request to receive hormone therapy to allow him to change his sex in captivity. The gender confusion issue very neatly elevates him into an at least semi-protected class status within the military. Mark your waterlogged subject’s word, majesty – there will be a request coming down the pike in the near future to allow him to receive preferential treatment for this procedure, which will have the backing of at least a few well-known national political personalities and entertainers. Interesting note: they can’t send him to a military psychiatric facility since that behavior is no longer branded as “abnormal” – so they have to either get him posh treatment within the system, or release him altogether.
It is difficult to determine if the despicable Pvt. Hassan will have any advocates in this country. However, the opposition in Afghanistan is reportedly holding one US captive, a Sgt Bergdahl. It would be highly classified, but I would bet the beach here the US government will receive at least one overture from the Taliban, offering a prisoner swap.
Those innocent victims at Ft Hood should hopefully be causing a lot of sleepless nights to the Army officers who passed Hassan up through the ranks and his assignments to that fateful day. I hope they’re sick with insomnia, and discipline of some sort befalls them.
Scripsit Island Dweller
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Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.