Posted by: endithinks | November 6, 2009

On Fort Hood

I am horrified at what happened at Fort Hood.  Nothing is lower to me than a person who betrays their country and their comrades.  My deepest condolences to the families of all those slain.

I am worried that once again this will turn into a religious thing, instead of just a coward lashing out in fear.  This man apparently from reports did not do this out of religious reasons.  He was a psychiatrist who saw the effects of the war on returning soldiers everyday as a matter of course.

According to the latest reports he was mortified by the thought of being deployed and a few years ago had started trying to get some legal recourse to leave the army before his term of service was fulfilled.

The lawyer that he hired said that there was nothing that could be done and apparently Hasan just put his head down and continued to serve.

So what should the lessons learned from this event be?  Firstly, that war without end against a guerrilla force is not sustainable.  The war in Afghanistan has now gone on for eight years and we are neither safer or more secure.  Iraq is still having problems as well with suicide bombers still hitting crowded markets and urban centers on a monthly basis.  We need to reevaluate our strategy to the point of considering and in my opinion retreating.

Military decisions are based on the facts on the ground not idealism.  I think that the major mistake the president is making is in continuing this fight in Afghanistan.  It is solid military reasoning to retreat under the circumstances of no assured victory.  It would not be a loss of face, but a saving move grounded in reality.

No one will think less of the president for getting us out of a mire that we have been sloughing through for eight years.  We also need to seriously confront the mental harm that our soldiers suffer through in a war zone and the aftermath of being constantly on guard.

 

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  1. I sincerely hope that this man who I believe survived gets tried and is executed swiftly, I do not believe that the excuse for doing this was because he wanted to get out of the army, I think he was a religous Muslim extremist, as we already know there are millions around the world who hate the west, it just amazes me why so many Muslims wish to live in a western society that they obviously detest so much.?


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