Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Defense Department: Ft. Hood Massacre was Workplace Violence

Remember when the Obama administration inexplicably renamed a terrorist attack as a man-caused disaster?

Well, believe it or not, U.S. military officials appear to have doubled down on political correctness by referring to the Ft. Hood massacre as merely "workplace violence."

Congressional leaders weren't pleased reports Fox News:
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... 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 BlackFive military blog adds this comment about homegrown terrorism:
I really don’t know what more to say other than I agree with Senator Collins. What happened at Ft. Hood wasn’t a case of “workplace violence”, it was a case of a radicalized Islamist going on a murderous rampage because of his radicalization. It was also a total failure of leaders to recognize the threat and act on it well before it ended in the death of 13 at the Texas military installation.
If the Obama administration was in charge on December 7, 1941, what absurd terminology would they have dreamed up to describe the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor?

Added: Political correctness-bonus coverage:

Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary Tribute commemorates Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, "a date which will live in infamy," with these rare and heretofore unseen photographs.

And here is some newly discovered footage of the actual attack:

U.S. Rifles Diverted to Drug Traffickers

As if the Fast and Furious scandal wasn't bad enough, CBS News reports that the U.S. State Department gave a green light to "direct commercial sales" of weapons to Mexico even though many of these guns were falling into the hands of drug cartels.

Democrats Probed For Obama Petition Fraud

In a parallel to the identity fraud that may be involved in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall, Democrat operatives are under under investigation in Indiana for allegedly faking signatures on petitions that got Barack Obama on the ballot in the 2008 primary.

"Celebrity Apprentice" Contestant Sentenced to 14-Year Prison Sentence

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, today received a 14-year federal prison sentence for trying to cash in on appointing someone to fill Barack Obama's open U.S. Senate seat. As heard on a wiretap, the governor famously called the opportunity to make the appointment "f*****g golden."

Shortly before Thanksgiving, another one of Obama's Chicago associates, Tony Rezko, was sentenced to 10-1/2 years in prison on corruption charges. Presumably both men know a lot more about political misdeeds (otherwise known as the "Chicago Way") particular as they related to the Obama organization than they publicly revealed during the legal proceedings.

"Blago" was fired during the third season of The Celebrity Apprentice mainly for not knowing how to use a computer, something he now will have plenty of time to learn.

In 2010, Republican Mark Kirk defeated the Democrat machine candidate in the election to fill Obama's term. He also won a full six-year term in office.

Added: executive editor Joel Kotkin writes in part:
Most critics of Barack Obama’s desultory performance the past three years trace it to his supposedly leftist ideology, lack of experience and even his personality quirks. But it would perhaps be more useful to look at the geography — of Chicago and the state of Illinois — that nurtured his career and shaped his approach to politics. Like with George W. Bush and Texas, this is a case where you can’t separate the man from the place.
The Chicago imprint on Obama is unmistakable. His closest advisors are almost all products of the Windy City’s machine politic...All these figures arose from a Chicago where corruption is so commonplace that it elicits winks, nods and even a kind of admiration...Crony capitalism constitutes the essential element of what the legendary columnist John Kass of the Chicago Tribune has labeled both the “Chicago way” and the “Illinois Combine”, not primarily an ideology-driven movement.
 Read the whole article here.