It’s a little scary when you have a Commander in Chief that refuses to acknowledge that we are waging a war against terrorism in this country- who operates by closing his eyes, putting his hands over his ears, and chanting, “Nanananananananana” when you explain that there are bad guys out there who want to obliterate the United States along with everything we stand for. In fact, the Obama White House has gone so far as to portray the Fort Hood Massacre as simply a “workplace violence” incident.
Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence and suggested political correctness is being placed above the security of the nation’s Armed Forces at home.
During a joint session of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, the Maine Republican referenced a letter from the Defense Department depicting the Fort Hood shootings as workplace violence. She criticized the Obama administration for failing to identify the threat as radical Islam.
Thirteen people were killed and dozens more wounded at Fort Hood in 2009, and the number of alleged plots targeting the military has grown significantly since then. Lawmakers said there have been 33 plots against the U.S. military since Sept. 11, 2001, and 70 percent of those threats have been since mid-2009. Major Nidal Hasan, a former Army psychiatrist, who is being held for the attacks, allegedly was inspired by radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in late September. The two men exchanged as many as 20 emails, according to U.S. officials, and Awlaki declared Hasan a hero.
The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, said the military has become a “direct target of violent Islamist extremism” within the United States.
“The stark reality is that the American service member is increasingly in the terrorists’ scope and not just overseas in a traditional war setting,” Lieberman told Fox News before the start of Wednesday’s hearing.
Just like a broken clock, Senator Susan Collins got it right for once and I couldn’t agree with her more. (Write that down- you probably won’t hear it again.) I guess it’s time to redefine 9/11 as a couple of tragic and accidental plane crashes. 2012 can’t get here quickly enough.