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Different stories are emerging about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who is alleged to have killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday.

Hasan's former imam recalled him as "a reserved guy with a nice personality." Fort Hood's Muslim chaplain "found him to be very pleasant."

But others recollect Hasan -- whose specialty was treating traumatized and distressed military -- as a poorly performing soldier who was increasingly emotional and critical about U.S. action in Afghanistan and Iraq. And he recently received orders to deploy overseas.

Hasan's aunt told The Washington Post he had been harassed about being Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.

Harassed? Really? It should be noted that, months ago, Hasan set off law enforcement's radar because of Internet postings about suicide bombings, "including posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades," the Associated Press said.

Hasan lives in the most religiously tolerant country on Earth. But if he was on the 'Net, degrading America and holding suicide bombers up for praise, he should expect to get bombarded with scorn.

But for sheer callousness, it would be hard to top President Obama in the wake of the deadliest killings at a U.S. military installation. A chief executive with any presence of mind about the gravity of the situation would have offered heartfelt, respectful and reassuring words to a shaken people.

But what did he do Thursday? He sandwiched in a couple minutes' worth of comments about the slayings among remarks he was giving at a conference hosted by the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs.

These are his uniformed people who were killed, but he seemed more emotionally engaged in thanking the organizers of this obscure conference than in showing genuine remorse for the fallen. The president either is detached from reality, or he simply doesn't care. What a cold fish.

Justice has yet to play out to determine the level of Hasan's guilt or innocence. But the pieces of the puzzle coming together are forming a portrait of a man who might have been helped -- or thwarted -- if those pieces were assembled and scrutinized sooner by the people around him.

Hasan gave every indication to superiors that he was a ticking time bomb leaning toward domestic jihad. That kind of anti-Americanism -- regardless of what race, religion or creed you are -- cannot be tolerated in the U.S. military. And if it's detected, it needs to be weeded out immediately.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 11/07/09 - 11:00 am
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Enjoy your hate fest,

Enjoy your hate fest, CHSDARKHORSE. Too bad it will get you nowhere in America's best interest. Hatred, overreaction, and targeting of Muslims is counterproductive. The attacks on 9/11/01 and the 8 year aftermath of mistakes should have taught you the benefit of mounting rational, effective responses to terrorist attacks.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/09 - 11:01 am
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Truth and documented facts

Truth and documented facts will never be accepted in the minds and hearts of people who have belives of destruction only.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/09 - 11:08 am
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain -

JohnRandolphHardisonCain - You will never find in those 8 years you so hate, anybody that has said and feel about this great nation, the words that were said in my posted video. NEVER! You can't debate it, can you?

CHSDARKHORSE
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CHSDARKHORSE 11/07/09 - 11:09 am
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I don't recall any

I don't recall any Methodist's, Catholic's, Luthern ect. commiting terrorist attacks on America!!

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/07/09 - 11:11 am
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CG - Be careful! He is not

CG - Be careful! He is not easily swayed by facts! Remember, his college (deferment) years were 1966-1970.

Vera Donavon
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Vera Donavon 11/07/09 - 11:13 am
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If in fact this is true that

If in fact this is true that President Obama did not act accordingly to these fallen soldiers, this YES, this [filtered word] me Off!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vera Donavon
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Vera Donavon 11/07/09 - 11:16 am
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People of all races and

People of all races and religions around the world could probably clean up their own backyards. That just goes for humans in general SayNoMore.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/09 - 11:17 am
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This so called president is

This so called president is not Black/White, He is a Muslim and has said in his own words that he will support any Muslim nation and all Muslims. He has only one goal, to destroy the Christian faith that has made this USA great.

terry67
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terry67 11/07/09 - 11:18 am
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The Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff claims United States is "the most religiously tolerant country on Earth." Compared to ANY OTHER COUNTRY JRHC! See what being a christian or carrying a bible will get you in any muslim country! D E A T H ! Type this in your search engine "christian missionaries murdered" and see the carnage that happens in MUSLIM countries! They happen here too! Honor killings! How about the dad who threatened to kill his daughter for becoming a christian? And the liberal idiot courts have sided with the muslim! IDIOTS! Honor killings on the rise in the West. The media gags itself and throws women under the bus. WAKE UP PPL!

Vera Donavon
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Vera Donavon 11/07/09 - 11:18 am
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Exactly!!!!! ceewolfy @ 9:17

Exactly!!!!! ceewolfy @ 9:17

Vera Donavon
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Vera Donavon 11/07/09 - 11:19 am
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oH CobaltGeorge, get a grip

oH CobaltGeorge, get a grip @10:17

Bumm
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Bumm 11/07/09 - 11:28 am
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Muslims have been shown on

Muslims have been shown on different news stations spewing out their hate and calling for hatred against the american people ,yes right here on the streets of New York and other places on American soil. They are protected by The right of speech, but have any other group speak the same kind of hatred it would be racial and not tolerated. Could the Black Panthers, KKK, Skinheads or any other group do the same as the Muslim's are allowed to do or say? I say NOT!!! Hate is hate no matter what group does it.

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 11/07/09 - 11:34 am
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The Black Panthers can stand

The Black Panthers can stand in front of a polling place with a weapon and intimidate voters, get caught on camera, and the US Attorney General does not prosecute.

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 11/07/09 - 11:38 am
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The facts thus far: Hassan

The facts thus far: Hassan is a Muslim, he shouted "God is Great" in Arabic and shot 51 people, he said he would not be back on Friday although he was not deploying for a few months, he is suspected of terroristic writings on the internet, and he went to Ft. Hood with the intent to kill with handguns and a lot of ammo, he has never deployed so PTSD is ruled out, PTSD is not contagious. Those are the facts. A reasonable person will come to a certain conclusion 99 times out of a 100 with those facts. Those who do not are certainly in the very small minority, or are unreasonable. Take your pick.

Bumm
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Bumm 11/07/09 - 11:44 am
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Sooner or Later so right, but

Sooner or Later so right, but we all know the true reason why!!!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/09 - 11:50 am
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obama - "I will never wear

obama - "I will never wear the US flag pin on my chest"

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 11/07/09 - 11:55 am
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Major Hasan's killing 13

Major Hasan's killing 13 unarmed soldiers and wounding 30 others was a senseless & unjustified act of violence. The U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are also senseless and unjustified acts of violence. One does not justify the other(s). Neither God nor humankind is served by senseless acts of violence. It is incumbent on United States as the most powerful military, political, and economic force in the world to seek peace instead of waging senseless wars. The bottom line is that if United States continues to wage war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan it will not end well for United States no matter what course of action the United States military is ordered to take. The U.S. wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan will not succeed from a moral perspective or from a pragmatic (military) standpoint. The further United States proceeds down the road of war, the more intractable the situation becomes, and the worse the ultimate consequences (end results) of these immoral, senseless wars become. I am profoundly saddened by the loss of human life and immensely troubled by the implications of the killings (murders) at Ft. Hood, but I am not surprised. Violence begets violence. Wage peace not war.

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WhippingPost 11/07/09 - 11:55 am
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Cain, just read your

Cain, just read your extremeist and blind comment of 9:33. Most tolerant and "totally tolerant all of the time on all subjects" is not the same thing. America is still a huge country, 50 times the size of a European country, and is made up of a large number of individuals. As a result, incidents will occur that are "less than Christian", but those incidents don't represent the general perspective of this country or of Christians. That doesn't seem to be true of the violent actions of Muslims and those who follow the Koran.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/09 - 12:00 pm
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Yes JRHC, lets end the war in

Yes JRHC, lets end the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan so we can have it here on our own soil. Maybe it has already begun.

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disssman 11/07/09 - 12:03 pm
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Someone please refresh my

Someone please refresh my mind. What did the staff write about the presidents remarks on 911 when told about the worst terrorist attack in history? Did he say anything after being told or did he continue reading from the upside down childrens book? I am sure that as he departed the kindergarten class he made an immediate conference to talk to the public. Just how long afterward was that? Give us a break paper. What was he supposed to do, tell the audience "sorry but I now need to talk about a subject I haven't been briefed on and know nothing concrete about"? If anyone is being callous, it is the staff of this rag who will throw a callous comment out without justification for any perceived action by the President.

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/07/09 - 12:04 pm
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Okay, y'all, please handle

Okay, y'all, please handle the light work. I was hoping for something/somebody worth debating, but if Cain is the best the loonies can do, it's just too easy. Enjoy the football games!

terry67
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terry67 11/07/09 - 12:05 pm
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The U.S. wars in Iraq and

The U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are also senseless and unjustified acts of violence. "UNJUSTIFIED" Wow.....Put down the Kool-aid...step away, step away, Now slap yourself for a reality check!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 11/07/09 - 12:09 pm
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What happened at Ft. Hood is

What happened at Ft. Hood is a case of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan coming home. Dahr Jamail writes in the Inter Press Service: "Fort Hood soldiers have accounted for more suicides than any other Army post since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
In this year alone, the base is averaging over 10 suicides each month - at least 75 have been recorded through July of this year alone.
In a strikingly similar incident on May 11, 2009, a U.S. soldier gunned down five fellow soldiers at a stress-counseling center at a U.S. base in Baghdad."

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/09 - 12:10 pm
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obama, "Let me speak as

obama, "Let me speak as clearly and plainly as I can"

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/07/09 - 12:26 pm
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Cain, just read your 10:55.

Cain, just read your 10:55. Lots of babbling, but not much reason. Are you suggesting that it's the job of America to NOT defend itself when attacked? and to respond to violence with conversation? Have you ever visited the real world and are you willing to mention when?

terry67
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terry67 11/07/09 - 12:28 pm
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain - So

JohnRandolphHardisonCain - So what should we do then? Stick our head in the sand and wait for them to come cut it off? How many more bases do they need to bomb? How many more navy ships? Embassys? You are clueless.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/07/09 - 12:32 pm
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Cain, If I were to see you on

Cain, If I were to see you on the street and were to deliver a sudden foot to the groin followed by a series of combinations to you head and then just walked away, would you contact an arbitrator to request I treat you in a more civil manner in the future. And, would you expect me to agree...and would you accept my word that I would? Your fantasies don't compute, Will Robinson.

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KSL 11/07/09 - 12:37 pm
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Cain, you are so obsessed

Cain, you are so obsessed with hatred of the ACES that it took until your third post for you to express anything remotely construed as concern for the victims in this horrific incident.

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Niko Mahs 11/07/09 - 12:40 pm
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Cain, remember this, the

Cain, remember this, the truth will not set neocons free!

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