Brian Birdnow

Much has been written in recent weeks about the craven response of the U.S. military establishment in the face of revelations concerning the terrorist nature of Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s recent shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. The army immediately assumed crisis mode and denied any connections between Hasan’s religious beliefs and his actions, they summarily dismissed the idea of misfeasance in ignoring warnings of a potential fifth columnist in their midst, and they are now instructing high level officers to sing from the Political correctness hymnbook as General Casey now yammers on about the glories of diversity and that this is the strength of our great republic.

This development should come as no surprise since the U.S. defense establishment long ago capitulated to the P.C. onslaught. This disease now infects the highest echelons of the American military and its efforts to bend over backwards to appease American Muslims are not unexpected. What most observers have missed, however, is an effort to turn this to sociocultural advantage by trying to create a female military hero where none currently exists.

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In the immediate aftermath of the rampage, news reports celebrated the actions of Sergeant Kimberly D. Munley of the Fort hood civilian police force. Sgt Munley, badly wounded in an exchange of gunfire with Major Hasan, held her position and finally dropped her opponent with precision shooting. The officially approved account of Munley’s heroism attracted widespread international attention from most media outlets including print, television, and of course the talk shows.

It turns out, however, that the official line id untrue. Eyewitnesses report that Major Hasan shot and dropped Munley as she arrived at the scene. Hasan began to reload his weapon and he was shot by Sergeant Mark Todd, a veteran officer who approached Hasan from the blind side. The eyewitnesses have requested anonymity, saying that their fidelity to truth could damage their careers. How and why the authorities decided to issue the original version of the story and made Kim Munley a national hero remains under investigation. Those who created the myth are now charged with investigating it!

Brian Birdnow

Brian E. Birdnow is a historian and teaches at a university in the St. Louis area.