- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 15, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Had it not been for President Obama’s misguided policy of political correctness toward Muslims, the Fort Hood massacre, which resulted in the slaughter of 13 persons in cold blood and the wounding of 30 others, for which Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan has been charged, might have been averted. Strong warning signs came to the attention of federal officials early on that Maj. Hasan might have been contemplating a terrorist act. Army commanders and other federal officials nonetheless turned a blind eye to those warning signs out of fear of offending Muslims.

Mr. Obama himself comes in for a share of the blame for this disturbing state of mind. He personally set the tone by reaching out to Muslims and bashing the policies of President George W. Bush at every opportunity. Subordinates in the Army followed their commander in chief’s direction by declining to take steps to safeguard personnel at the base against potential harm at the hands of Maj. Hasan.

In the aftermath of this horrific massacre, the Obama administration has gone into damage control to reduce the detrimental impact on Mr. Obama’s approval rating in the polls. To deflect criticism away from Mr. Obama, administration officials have attempted to mischaracterize Maj. Hasan’s purported terrorist attack as an act of a deranged individual. The president himself has partaken in this damage-control effort by initiating an investigation into suspect Hasan’s motive for the murders. But do not expect a public announcement about the results of that investigation any time soon.

In fact, the Obama administration - out of fear of damaging the president’s popularity and undermining the president’s policy of political correctness toward Muslims - can be expected go to any length to avoid coming to the conclusion that Maj. Hasan committed an act of terrorism. This misplaced effort could very well motivate government officials to continue to look the other way, thereby laying the groundwork for additional acts of terrorism in the future.

HARRISON E. MCCANDLISH

Alexandria

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