Pentagon: Be bold, brave, blunt

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Shocking, but sadly not surprising: A U.S. intelligence source has told The Washington Times that the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up an airliner Christmas Day in Detroit had his mission blessed personally by the same Muslim cleric suspected of radicalizing Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Anwar al-Awlaki used to be the imam at a mosque in northern Virginia frequented by Hasan. Awlaki now lives in Yemen -- where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab reportedly claimed the Detroit explosive device was acquired.

"From what I've heard, the relationship would have been closer than what Awlaki had with Hasan," said Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

In the wake of the Detroit plot, debate has renewed among civilian authorities about how to screen for terrorists without appearing to discriminate against Muslims.

The U.S. military, though, has been grappling with this for a while.

It would seem a delicate matter at first blush: How does the Pentagon determine if there are other murderous traitors in its ranks without appearing anti-Muslim?

The answer is twofold.

First, it's not as delicate as it might appear. You review all military branches for any signs of extremism or anti-American leanings of any kind, without regard to race, creed or any other characteristic of the subject.

Period.

Second, you don't worry about being delicate.

Period.

The latter point should be obvious enough. This is not the Peace Corps or the Sisters of Mercy we're talking about. This is the U.S. Armed Forces, which is still the best fighting force in history -- but cannot remain so if its mission is tethered to a blind and faint-of-heart political correctness.

The Pentagon's up-and-down review of its ranks -- announced in the aftermath of the Fort Hood bloodbath -- must be as bold and brave and blunt as our fighting men and women are trained to be.

That means confronting harsh realities -- one of them being, in this case, that the Army may have made its soldiers vulnerable to an Islamic radical in part because it was too timid to confront religious radicalism in its midst.

It's clear now that the Army saw a number of red flags in Hasan's case well before he slaughtered his comrades in the name of Allah. Evidence suggests that his religious extremism and anti-Americanism was in plain view and wasn't dealt with -- and, in fact, may have been accommodated precisely because he was a Muslim. One official was said to have been concerned about how it might look to confront a Muslim in the ranks.

While the Pentagon cannot worry about being delicate at this point, it can be professional. The probe need not be a witch hunt for Muslims. Again, it need only seek out evidence of any kind of extremism or anti-Americanism in the ranks.

Still, this is no time to be delicate. You don't necessarily look for Islamic radicalism. But you don't look away from it, either.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/04/10 - 06:36 am
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Our mega politically correct

Our mega politically correct presidential administration will use every diversity trick in the book to protect the radical Muslims in our military, just as they're doing with the Maj Hasan legacy.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/04/10 - 06:37 am
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November can't get here soon

November can't get here soon enough.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/04/10 - 07:16 am
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First, this editorial is

First, this editorial is really in response to the Ft. Hood shootings which were done by an Army psychiatrist who was both a Major in the Army & a Muslim. Now "... the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up an airliner Christmas Day in Detroit had his mission blessed personally by the same Muslim cleric suspected of radicalizing Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan" writes the Augusta Chronicle editorial staff (ACES). Must I remind ACES that unnamed "intelligence sources" have been known to be wrong in the past. This is an allegation not proof. If there is evidence that the American born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki conspired with Maj. Hasan or with the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in planning attacks on United States military personnel at Ft. Hood or the bombing of a Northwest Airlines jet in Detroit then Anwar al-Awlaki should be indicted in a court of law. We would have something legally substantial to go on besides hearsay if a grand jury indicted Anwar al-Awlaki on evidence. Al-Awlaki could be extradicted from Yemen to face trial. The U.S. gov't is on good terms with the Yemeni gov't.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/04/10 - 07:35 am
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Purging the U.S. military of

Purging the U.S. military of "religious radicalism in its midst" can easily become a double edged sword. It is well known that Christian evangelicals held sway at the Air Force Academy & were coercive in their proselytizing. It is also true that radical right wing Christian evangelicals are prominent in the ranks of the U.S. military officers who serve at The Pentagon. Many see their military mission in religious terms. How can it be otherwise when we are told that the U.S. is fighting wars against "evildoers"? It is natural for soldiers at war to presume that God is on their side. Many in the Israeli army think that God is on their side & there are military rabbis who stand behind that belief. U.S. military personnel were caught distributing Christian Bibles printed in the Dari language in Afghanistan. They were ordered to halt the practice much to the consternation of the religious right. Muslims also use their faith to gird themselves when they go to war. Will simply praying 5 times a day now be considered "religious radicalism in its midst" by the U.S. Army? I hope not. The U.S. gov't must make clear that the war on terror is not a war on Islam. Those lines ARE becoming blurred

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 01/04/10 - 08:09 am
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JohnHatesAmericaCain sees

JohnHatesAmericaCain sees this as a law enforcement matter, and like the Administration wants to treat it that way. This is a war that was brought to our shores by radical Muslims who want us to die, nothing less. Cain does not see that, nor does Pres. Hussein and that alone is dangerous for our country. Cain also cannot see that there is a common thread in the two cases he cites. Hasan showed EVERY sign that he was killing for the Muslim jihad cause. A "troubled" psychiatrist would have just shot people, not had every sign that he was doing it in the name of Jihad. It was premediated, he gave away his stuff and said he was not returning, it was for jihad, he was radicalized by this cleric and yelled Alluah Akbar before he started shooting. Peaceniks like Cain just DO NOT get it, this is a war brought to us by those who have hijacked Islam for their perverted cause.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/04/10 - 08:38 am
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No, I don't "get it",

No, I don't "get it", SoonerorLater. The attacks on 9/11/01 were not justified, and United States has the right & responsibility to bring those DIRECTLY responsible to justice, but United States does not have the right to wage war in Afghanistan for 8 years 3 months, in Iraq for 6 years 10 months, or to extend its counterproductive war on terror to Pakistan, Somalia & Yemen. 19 men hijacked 4 planes on 9/11/01. 15 of the men were from Saudi Arabia. The rest were from the UAE & Egypt. Yes, the plan was planned in part in Afghanistan, but it was also planned by KSM while he still lived in The Philippines & the hijackers received flying lessons in the U.S.! These guys were armed with box cutters not WMD. United States had the right to invade Afghanistan in Oct 2001 in hot pursuit of Al Qaeda leaders & to overthrow the Taliban gov't in passing. The backlash in the Muslim world occurred because United States then invaded Iraq without justification & failed to improve the living standards of ordinary Afghans. The gov't of Hamid Karzai is corrupt. The U.S. war in Afghanistan has only succeeded in destabilizing neighboring Pakistan. There is no end to & no winning these wars of attrition.

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seenitB4 01/04/10 - 08:50 am
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Do you think just maybe the

Do you think just maybe the gov. has more info than we do cain,, & that just might dictate some of the decision making..I notice even O changed his mind about troops once he became pres. Sometimes ignorance is bliss..

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/04/10 - 09:13 am
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Did the U.S. gov't have "more

Did the U.S. gov't have "more info" than we did about its war in Vietnam? I remember the gov't line. We were told how we could not afford to lose that war. We were always assured that there was light at the end of the tunnel. That light never came. Victory was not assured in Vietnam. LBJ listened to his military advisers & so-called wise men. They led him down a primrose path. The same thing has happened to Obama. Surrounded by the national security establishment, Obama has become mesmerized in the opinion of Cornel West. I challenge everyone to look at where the money goes in funding these wars, what well-connected "defense" contractors benefit, what the financial interests are of retired generals who tout the gov't line on network television. You are right, seenitB4, sometimes ignorance is bliss. Just keep on believing the power that be. They always know what is best. Meanwhile American soldiers get ground up by the war machine. Today 4 more died in southern Afghanistan - a country with ZERO strategic importance to United States beyond making sure that no Al Qaeda training camps are reestablished there. Yesterday we were told there are more Al Qaeda in Yemen than in Afghanistan.

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CobaltGeorge 01/04/10 - 10:17 am
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain,

JohnRandolphHardisonCain, Your book Mindset portrays only one belief, we should pull all our troops back to the US from all the wars they are fighting now, Right? Doing so would make this country real safe from any more attacks, right? The American citizens could then live in peace and harmony, Right? JRHC, If you can't accept FACTS, your are stupid!

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Rhetor 01/04/10 - 10:19 am
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seenitB4, if the past several

seenitB4, if the past several years have made anything clear, it is that our government is hopelessly uninformed. If you read a big-city newspaper every day, you probably know more than most leaders in our government, conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat alike.

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Riverman1 01/04/10 - 10:24 am
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Can we purge the message

Can we purge the message board of radicals while we're at it?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/04/10 - 10:29 am
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RM1, that mad eme smile.

RM1, that mad eme smile. JohnHatesAmericaCain? Now THAT was funny too.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/04/10 - 10:45 am
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GEEEZ You know what, I

GEEEZ You know what, I give our gov. a little bit more than some here do.. Thankfully we don't get allthe info. they have (hard to do with 24 hrs. cov tv) We can't just pull out & wait for the next bomb to hit us..Do you think Pakistan would be a threat if their military was taken over by the radicals...9-11 would be child's play..They could then blow a few places off the map,, like NYC,, LOS ANG. & SAV RIVER PLANT,,,oops I think the last one would knock these posters out too..I for one don't want to go yet..

johnsdad
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johnsdad 01/04/10 - 10:50 am
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That wasn't hard to do

That wasn't hard to do grouse--From your posts, i surmize you were "lost" a long time ago!

disssman
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disssman 01/04/10 - 11:15 am
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Isn't this how we justified

Isn't this how we justified setting up japanese internment camps during WW11? And wasn't it amazing that the most decorated unit of WW11 was the Nissna Division? What is the A.C. really proposing? They should spell it out in plain language and quit hinting at a solution. I think a far more dangerous threat to this country is the growing number of deadly gangs, especially on the southern border, that we are doing nothing to quell.

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carcraft 01/04/10 - 11:19 am
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain on

JohnRandolphHardisonCain on Mon Jan 4, 2010 6:16 AM Gee these two guys were influanced by the same radical cleric and there is no connection? Could some one give Cain a clue? We certainly do have to purge the ranks in the military of those horrible evangilical christians, they might pull out a gun and start shooting their fellow soldiers! Well at least Cain isn't an Obumbler support now that he is part of the government, like Obumbler wasn't when he was a Senator feathering him and Mechill my belle's bed...

Rhetor
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Rhetor 01/04/10 - 01:01 pm
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Obviously the Ford Hood

Obviously the Ford Hood shooter gave the military plenty of warning signs that he was a danger to his colleagues and little evidence that he was qualified to do his job. Whatever else happened, there do seem to have been command oversights somewhere in the chain.

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gaspringwater 01/04/10 - 03:27 pm
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Right On! Hunt them foreign

Right On! Hunt them foreign Arab looking folks down and give the litmus test. Make them say the Pledge Of Allegiance! Under oath with their hand on the Holy Koran, maybe both hands! And the True Blue Patriots can formulate some contingency plans.
Just in case they act up. Such as round then up like the WWII Japanese and that'll keep us safe!

carcraft
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carcraft 01/04/10 - 06:12 pm
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gaspringwater on Mon Jan 4,

gaspringwater on Mon Jan 4, 2010 2:27 PM Golly maybe the Islamic folk could join and start a Regiment in the US Army like the 442nd, the most decorated unit in WWII! Think it will happen?

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