From the “No Duh” Department comes this “breaking news” on the front page of today’s Boston Globe-Democrat:
Ft. Hood suspect was Army dilemma
His extreme views possibly overlooked in favor of diversity
Gee, ya think? With an overpowering command of the obvious, the Globe-Democrat reports:
Army superiors were warned about the radicalization of Major Nidal Malik Hasan years before he allegedly massacred 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, but did not act in part because they valued the rare diversity of having a Muslim psychiatrist, military investigators wrote in previously undisclosed reports.
An obvious “problem child’’ spouting extremist views, Hasan made numerous statements that were not protected by the First Amendment and were grounds for discharge by violating his military oath, investigators found. . . .
In searching for explanations for why superiors did not move to revoke Hasan’s security clearances or expel him from the Army, the report portrays colleagues and superiors as possibly reluctant to lose one of the Army’s few Muslim mental health specialists.
The report concludes that because the Army had attracted only one Muslim psychiatrist in addition to Hasan since 2001, “it is possible some were afraid’’ of losing such diversity “and thus were willing to overlook Hasan’s deficiencies as an officer.’’
This is yet another example of the great populist unwashed getting the story right from the beginning, and waiting for the super-smart “elites” to catch up. For President Obama and the media to miss this obvious story for so long would require something akin to willful blindness.
Hey — what a great idea for a book!