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Hasan Shows ‘Military Is On The Brink’

From the laughable ‘news magazine,’ Newsweek (who are partners with the Washington Post):

Is Fort Hood a Harbinger? Nidal Malik Hasan May Be a Symptom of a Military on the Brink

Friday, November 06, 2009
By Andrew Bast

What if Thursday’s atrocious slaughter at Fort Hood only signals that the worst is yet to come? The murder scene yesterday afternoon at the Killeen, Texas, military base, the largest in the country, was heart-wrenching. Details remained murky, but at least 13 are dead and 30 wounded in a killing spree that may momentarily remind us of a reality that most Americans can readily forget: soldiers and their families are living, and bending, under a harrowing and unrelenting stress that will not let up any time soon. And the U.S. military could well be reaching a breaking point as the president decides to send more troops into Afghanistan.

It’s hard to draw too many conclusions right now, but we do know this: Thursday night, authorities shot and then apprehended the lone suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. A psychiatrist who was set to deploy to Iraq at the end of the month, Hasan reportedly opened fire around the Fort Hood Readiness Center, where troops are prepared for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. And though this scene is a most extreme and tragic outlier, it comes at a time when the stress of combat has affected so many soldiers individually that it makes it increasingly difficult for the military as a whole to deploy for wars abroad. In an abrupt news conference, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the top commander at Fort Hood, said in response to the shooting that authorities would "increase the security presence" on the military base. On the surface, it seemed like a logical enough plan. But it makes one wonder how much any kind of lockdown will either get at the root causes of soldier stresses or better prepare them for more battle.

Hasan’s perspective is unknown. He had yet to fight abroad. But the accusations against him can’t help but bring to mind the violence scarring military bases all over the country after the duration of two long, brutal wars

That the two wars currently being waged are taking a psychological toll on soldiers is no surprise. Some studies report that as many as a third of returning soldiers suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, a constant, tension-inducing malady that leave men and women detached from their family lives, numb to their peaceful life stateside, and, let it be said, sometimes angry as hell. "No one comes home from war unchanged," says the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. And while those who have faced multiple deployments are the most likely candidates to lash out irrationally after returning, it’s impossible to discount how the grind of an eight-year war has affected the rest of the military, who see friends leave whole and return in pieces; who wonder constantly if they’ll be next. (As a psychiatrist, Hasan may have been particularly vulnerable: there have been numerous accounts of chaplains suffering from depression and PTSD after counseling returning soldiers. Hearing their horror stories, sharing their pain, and being unable to help often pushed these men over the edge. The fact that they were supposed to be healers, that they had never seen combat themselves, made it much harder to ask for help.) …

Of course, Hasan had not yet been deployed, and the true cause of Thursday’s tragedy is still unknown. And yet some are already suggesting that Major Hasan’s lack of combat experience precludes us from assuming the crimes were at all influenced by the stress of war. "They weren’t in Iraq," author Dinesh D’Souza said on television Thursday night, analyzing the culprit. "They were living a normal, everyday life." But he is wrong. In the midst of two wars, those living as military and military family experience a different—often, more distressing—everyday experience of "normal." And forgetting that, either in understanding this singular case, or making a decision about more deployments, is dangerous at best, and morally bankrupt at worst.

The U.S. is drawing down troops in Iraq at a quick clip, but Gen. Stanley McChrystal has requested tens of thousands more to fight in Afghanistan. Though President Obama has made no decision about the way forward, some suggest that as many 80,000 more could be sent in as reinforcements. That would put nearly 150,000 American soldiers in country for at least the foreseeable future, pushing a thumb down on an already stressed-out military. Of course, the vast majority of those under that stress, no matter how brutal, will not pick up a gun and shoot indiscriminately, like Hasan did. But the situation is bad, and getting much worse. From there, it isn’t much of a leap to argue that to further tax our military would do as much as anything to guarantee that the homegrown terror on display today could well repeat itself in the future.

You see, Mr. Hasan is a victim. Indeed, he is the first recorded case of Pre-Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Moreover, according to Newsweek, we should let the Taliban win in Afghanistan because of the actions of this murderous traitor.

But of course Newsweek will clutch at any straw to bring defeat to our country.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Hasan Shows ‘Military Is On The Brink’”

  1. sheehanjihad says:

    He is a Muslim…bottom line.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Hell yes, everything’s on the brink. Good Lord, THAT’S the point!


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    • Right of the People says:

      Won’t be long before they have a fatwah (I think I spelled it right) declared against them just like Solomon Rushdie. They’d better watch their backs!

  3. wirenut says:

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  4. proreason says:

    The military is on the brink alright.

    On the brink of standing between the fascist criminals and their quest for total power.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    On the brink….let me tell you. On the brink happens when a self-impressed overeducated fool becomes president and worse: Commander in Chief. Since WWII, only TWO presidents have been elected who never wore the uniform. Clinton and Narcissus II. AKA, Barry O.

    But even worse than Clinton’s scoffing of the military, he at least thought they had cool stuff. Barack Hussein Obama (mmm, mmm, mmm) despises the military and does not cannot understand the words they take as an oath. To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Yeah, every president says those words but to lil barry, they mean nothing and he had to go wash his mouth out with soap after he said them.

    Quite literally, he’s a relativist. Nothing has any meaning except in the context he wants to take it.

    But the military is quite intact. It’s still an excellent place for young people to get a start in life, to learn from all kinds of examples how to be…and how not to be. In my experience, I had great leaders and I had awful ones and many in-between. But one thing is for sure, it gave me purpose and a reason to be focused. It helped to affirm my life goals and make friends along the way.

    Barry has none of this. Shame in one sense but it also identifies him clearly to those of us who have had real life experience.

    This article is amazing. No substantive data at all; Just touchy-feely garbage.

  6. 11ten1775 says:

    So, this weenie can’t handle the idea of deploying when thousands of his fellow soldiers have done so multiple times. Coward is the first word that comes to mind. And it’s not as though he’d be patrolling the streets over there. He would be going to serve his fellow soldiers, whom he clearly cared nothing about. If the media wants to ignore his faith, why can’t they at least address the fact that he was a selfish, gutless SOB?
    But no, Dinesh D’Souza is wrong, dangerous, and morally bankrupt for pointing out the fact that this guy hasn’t deployed, and that this wasn’t really about war stress.
    Interesting who they save their harsh words for – not the murderer, of course.

    “…soldiers and their families are living, and bending, under a harrowing and unrelenting stress that will not let up any time soon.”
    “…those living as military and military family experience a different—often, more distressing—everyday experience of “normal.” ”

    Do tell, Andrew Bast. How about some quotes from all those service members and their families you interviewed before you wrote this article?
    I’m so sick and tired of the media deciding how military families are doing. When was the last time anyone profiled one of the thousands of strong, supportive military wives who has stood by her husband through multiple deployments? That doesn’t fit the template, though. We must be falling apart. Michelle Obama says so.

    And by the way, where does he get 80,000 more troops from? Did I miss something? Isn’t that twice the number McChrystal asked for?

    This Muslims in the military stuff is going to have to be addressed. In the Navy, becoming a Muslim chaplain is a fast track for promotion. No joke. Scratch a Muslim chaplain, find a Southern Baptist who was willing to sell out his faith for a bigger paycheck. And what about these soldiers who came home from war, found themselves in need of counseling, were actually willing to go get it, only to find themselves sitting face to face with this guy? Now we let soldiers die to be politically correct. Oh wait, we’ve been doing that for several months now…

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    Just when it couldn’t get any worse……….sigh!

    Someone hand Mr. Bast a weapon and let him get a first hand view of what exactly warriors and their families face every, stinking day under the closet muslim “obama” regime. See if he will change his tune quickly!

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