A heavily redacted report – by former FBI Director William Webster (07/20/2012 “Houston Chronicle”, Page B1) – following a two-year review of the Fort Hood “shooting rampage” by Major Hasan declined to assign individual blame for “failing to prevent the November 2009 tragedy”.
Describing the deadliest attack on a U.S. military base (13 killed, 32 wounded) as a “tragedy” is acceptable since “tragic” can also mean “disastrous”. However, Mr. Webster’s statement “(Major Hasan) arrived at the deployment center 11/05/2009 and opened fire shouting ‘God is Great’ in Arabic” contradicts the Department of Defense classification of the major’s massacre as “workplace violence”.
From Day 1 the Commander in Chief of all U.S. military has appeared more protective of Major Hasan than in securing justice for the families of those killed and wounded and, indeed, for all U.S. military personnel. Reportedly, Obama’s protection included instructing Fort Hood soldiers and their dependents not to mention Major Hasan shouting God is Great in Arabic.
It will be interesting to see if the President can postpone the Major’s trial beyond election day 2012, coincidentally three years and one day after the deadliest terrorist attack ever on a U.S. military base.