The Islamist Army major who murdered 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian doctor has been paid $278,000 since his attack on Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.
Meanwhile, some victims who managed to survive Maj. Nidal Hasan’s killing spree in the name of Allah are struggling to pay for groceries and gas for the car.
That’s according to a report from an NBC affiliate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which said Hasan’s salary can’t be suspended unless he’s proven guilty.
First of all, what’s taking so long?
The military prosecution claims it wants to make sure the case is waterproof to prevent appeals problems.
OK. Hasan was shot on the scene, many witnesses heard him shout “Allahu Akbar” and start shooting, and he’s never, ever denied it. He’s probably proud of it.
It’s waterproof and everyone knows it.
The reality is, the delay (Hasan’s trial is supposedly to begin this summer) is taking place because we have a a military ultimately answerable to a civilian administration that cannot bring itself to admit that we are, in fact, in a war with Islamic terror – whether the battlefield is an American Army base in Texas or an American consulate in Libya. Hasan’s trial will only force it to face that openly.
Second, why are his surviving victims struggling?
One reason is because, again, the Obama administration refuses to admit we are in a war with terrorists. To do so would mean granting the Hasan victims the status of those wounded in combat, which would make them eligible for the same Purple Heart benefits as those wounded in Iraq, Afghanistan or the attacks of 9/11.
Absurdly, Hasan’s attack is classified as “workplace violence.” To do otherwise would be for the administration to acknowledge our enemies don’t care whether the president is named George W. Bush or Barrack Obama. It would be to admit that Islamic terrorists at war with the United States of America and that any strategy of appeasement is a failure.
That it cannot do. And if Hasan’s victims must suffer further for our president’s arrogance, so be it.
Meanwhile, a professed killer, a fervent enemy of the country whose uniform he chose to wear, collects pay totalling $278,000 so far because he can’t be “proven guilty.”
By contrast, William Calley, the Army lieutenant convicted in the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War was charged, tried, convicted and sentenced between Sept. 5, 1969, and March 31, 1971.
That was a murky crime, covered up at first. The trial was complicated by questions of chain-of-command and an officer’s responsibility for his orders and his men on the field of combat shrouded by the fog of war. And it took place on the other side of the world.
It was tried less than in half the time Hasan has been collecting his pay and his victims have been worried about gas money.
They weren’t wounded in war and they’re not victims of terrorism; just “workplace violence.”
He’s still not guilty of anything at all – and getting paid for it.
The administration calls this justice.
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