Our all-volunteer military should know that even a four-star general is held to the same high standard that we expect of the lowest-ranking enlisted man or woman. From now on, it should be understood by all our serving men and women that you can report disloyal, insubordinate, and treasonous statements by anyone in the military and that that report will be acted upon promptly.
Only if this lesson is forcefully made by the prompt, public dismissal for cause of Gen. Casey will the troops have renewed confidence that they can trust all their fellow soldiers. They must know that the United States will be loyal to them even as they are loyal to the United States.
In this, as in so many things, George Washington said it best. In his historic letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in 1790, he wrote:
[The] Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
Notice this strong pledge of respect for rights of religious minorities comes with a stern requirement: All good citizens must give their “effectual support.” Can anyone say that Major Hasan—after more than a decade of taxpayer-funded education and special treatment—gave the United States his effectual support? Of course not.
There were warning signs aplenty. Many of the shooter’s classmates and fellow officers raise concerns about this man’s loyalty and reliability. The command climate created by Gen. Casey stifled those warning cries. The result is the death of innocents. Gen. Casey must be replaced as Army chief of staff.