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Failures Everywhere

A friend writes:



In your column today you quote the Post as saying that Hasan’s bizarre, violent Islamist PowerPoint presentation was supposed to be “a presentation on a medical topic of his choosing as a culminating exercise of the residency program.”


Maybe it’s just me, but in addition to everything else that might be said about it, I wonder, if this was a kind of test for finishing his program and moving on into the practice of medicine (of psychiatry, no less), why he didn’t, um, you know . . . FAIL the test and wash out of the practice of psychiatry??!!


Not only did military personnel fail to report a manifestly dangerous person in their midst, these medical personnel failed to stop his psychiatric career in its tracks, on the quite obvious grounds that he couldn’t even fulfill a basic requirement of his education without going wacko.  That’s PC doing its worst to the practice of medicine and to medical education.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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