As with all Americans, my wife, Gena, and I had our hearts broken again last Wednesday as we heard about another killing spree at Fort Hood, Texas, in which four people died and 16 more were injured at the U.S. Army's largest active-duty installation.
Chelsea Schilling, WorldNetDaily's commentator editor and journalist extraordinaire, reported shortly after the tragedy: "The shooter, identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, is among the dead. Lopez reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," but only after being confronted by a courageous female military police officer in the parking lot. (Interestingly, it was also a female cop who felt responsible for thwarting the Fort Hood gunman in 2009. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people -- the deadliest attack on a domestic military base in U.S. history.)
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps commander at Fort Hood, said the shooter last week was a soldier who was under evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Tragically, Lopez tipped from one mental health extreme to the other.
The New York Times reported: "On March 1, the same day he purchased the .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol he used in the attack, Specialist Lopez wrote an especially angry and vaguely threatening post. 'My spiritual peace has all gone away, I am full of hate, I believe now the devil is taking me. I was robbed last night and I'm sure it was two flacos. Green light and thumbs down. It's just that easy.'"
If there is confusion on a few fronts of combat, one thing is very clear: The Obama administration hasn't learned jack from the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard last September or the Fort Hood massacres in 2009 and last week. So let me help.
First, the White House needs to pull its head out of the sands of war denial and delusion. If the 2009 Fort Hood massacre wasn't labeled by the Obama administration as "terror," we can expect it to neutralize last week's tragic shooting, as well.
There's a reason former Defense Secretary Robert Gates labeled Obama the duck-and-dodge commander in chief in his book "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War." Gates described Obama this way: "I thought: The president doesn't trust his commander ... doesn't believe in his own strategy and doesn't consider the war to be his. For him, it's all about getting out."
And a new poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that only 42 percent of military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan said they believe that Obama is a "good commander in chief of the military." Forty-eight percent said he is not. In comparison, 65 percent of veterans said President George W. Bush was a good commander in chief.