Ken Blackwell

We don’t yet know how bad the Ft. Hood shooter’s case was. We do not know—and we must find out—how it was possible for an Army medical officer to openly express treasonous statements and not be court martialed. We do not know if the shooter or his family members were under surveillance by the FBI or other federal law enforcement agencies. We must soon find out.

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But we do know this much: Gen. George Casey, the Army Chief of Staff, raced to the Sunday morning talk shows to express his deep concern. Gen. Casey’s concern was not for American victory in the war on terror, not for the safety of the American people, nor for the safety of U.S. military personnel. Gen. Casey’s greatest concern was for diversity.

He said if diversity was a “casualty,” then it would be an even greater tragedy than the murders of fourteen innocent Americans.

If we want to know how such an obvious terror threat was ignored, how such a mass killer was enabled, we need look no further than the command climate created by Gen. Casey and his politically correct subordinates.

If you are serving in a forward unit of the Army today, can you have confidence that your fellow soldier can be trusted to “have your back?” Can you sleep soundly in an Army barracks wondering whether your bunkmate might be a jihadist?

Unit cohesion is essential to any effective fighting force. Troops must trust one another when their lives are on the line. By winking at treason, Gen. Casey and his subordinates allowed Major Nidal Hasan’s conduct to unfortunately taint every Muslim currently serving in the U.S. military.

No one has a right to serve. Service is an honor and a privilege. But it is not a right. Color-blind people, people with heart murmurs are perfectly loyal Americans. It casts no aspersion on them or their families to be excluded from military service.

All military personnel in the U.S. Armed Forces must demonstrate they are loyal to the United States of America. When they raise their right hand and take that oath before God to protect the Constitution of the United States “from all enemies foreign and domestic,” Americans have a right to expect that that oath will be enforced. No one gets a pass.

This Gen. Casey has clearly failed to do. Nothing could reassure our troops more in the wake of the worst case of domestic terrorism since 9/11 that national security and loyalty to the United States is the first requirement for military service than dismissing Gen. Casey.


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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