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Obama’s Ft. Hood Speech: A “Shout Out” to General Casey?

November 13, 2009

President Obama belatedly hauled his teleprompter down to Fort Hood this week, ostensibly to comfort the families of the victims of Nidal Malik Hasan.  But the person who would have drawn the most comfort from Commander-in-Chief’s bloodless and perfunctory address is General George “Diversity” Casey.

Casey drew considerable fire from military commentators, veterans and conservatives over the weekend for several variations on this statement:

CASEY: “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

Casey’s refusal to name the enemy, his refusal to say the Army had “missed anything” despite Hasan’s open anti-Americanism and jihadist sympathies, (and therefore no promise to defeat said enemy); and that fact that he put forward “diversity” as a value worth the sacrifice of American lives led to David Horowitz—and others—calling for Casey to be fired.

If Casey was worried about that, his fears were quickly allayed on Tuesday, as Barack Obama delivered a speech that refused to name the enemy, did not vow to correct any mistakes that led to the massacre, steadfastly avoided the topic of victory, and celebrated diversity.

OBAMA: These are trying times for our country. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, the same extremists who killed nearly 3,000 Americans continue to endanger America, our allies, and innocent Afghans and Pakistanis. In Iraq, we are working to bring a war to a successful end, as there are still those who would deny the Iraqi people the future that Americans and Iraqis have sacrificed so much for.

Here, the President missed his golden opportunity to make up for the callow weekend in which he gave “shout outs” to old friends, and recited updates like he was talking about casualties from a hurricane or plane crash.  This was the perfect chance to admit that the shooter here was essentially the same enemy we are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Note his distinction that the extremists who killed nearly 3000 Americans are operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but not in Iraq, where apparently we just got involved to help the Iraqi people have a bright future?  There, the President gave the gathered warriors the stirring challenge to “bring a war to a successful end.”

Not exactly Churchillian.

Hell, it’s not even George W. Bush.  No one left this gathering assured that the people who inspired these murders are going to “hear from all of us, soon”—or ever.

And as is his pattern, Obama hailed the sacrifice of American troops—and cops—but never honored their proficiency as warriors  He acknowledged their valor in general fuzzy terms, but never accounted for the fact that they do violence on our behalf.

OBAMA: Two police officers – Mark Todd and Kim Munley – saved countless lives by risking their own. One medic – Francisco de la Serna – treated both Officer Munley and the gunman who shot her.

Too soon, as they say.  I’m sure that someday, the families might think it’s a great debating point against America’s critics that Hasan got world class medical treatment, just like those around him.  But to brag about it to the gathered family and friends of his targets takes a tin left ear, unheard of in American politics since Michael Dukakis tried to dispassionately talk about punishing this wife’s theoretical rapist.

And yes, Officer Munley “risked her life,” but most of us, Mr. President are not celebrating her for being shot, but for doing some good shooting.  Most in this audience were undoubtedly thinking, “Yes, we love that lady cop,too.  But we wish she’d shot just a little straighter and at least one more time.”

That, in a nutshell, is what’s wrong with this speech.  Barack Obama addressed a crowd of the nation’s warriors and only treated them as grieving victims.  He acknowledged their valor, but in terms that would be just as appropriate if he were addressing a crowd of “human shields.”

But to paraphrase George S. Patton, no one worth protecting ever benefited from the death of an American soldier.  The innocent are protected and liberty is advanced when American soldiers kill the people who need killing.

There was only one soldier who could leave that day, confident that the Commander-in-Chief had his back, would support him to the hilt, and appreciated the specific job he was doing.

General George Casey.

  1. November 13, 2009 4:08 pm

    [No one left this gathering assured that the people who inspired these murders are going to “hear from all of us, soon”—or ever.]

    Doing that would have turned Hasan into a hero to the Islamic extremists. Obama did the right thing by treating this as a criminal act and mourning the victims.

    • F. Swemson permalink
      November 13, 2009 4:47 pm


      Do you still subscribe to the Village Voice ?

      Just wondering….

      • November 14, 2009 10:32 am

        F. Swemson, every time I see your comments, I wonder: what’s with the gross photo of the eye?

        Right about Hoffman’s odd remark, by the way.

        • F. Swemson permalink
          November 14, 2009 6:46 pm


          I examine things closely and have an eye for details, and I occasionally enjoy being a fly in the ointment…

          I don’t find it gross at all…

    • WestWright permalink
      November 16, 2009 11:40 am

      Ben must have some comprehension problems or is misinformed. There are plenty of news accounts indicating the Islamicist Hasan is a hero to Islamic extremists worldwide. The article denotes that Obama did not say the right things, instead he tried his same old spiel, casting victimhood on all. Ben rushes to post these asinine responses like the run of the mill good little lefty. SOS from the infantile mind of the left.

  2. David Forsmark permalink
    November 13, 2009 4:19 pm

    Shooting Americans while shouting “Allah Akhbar!” made him a hero to the Islamic extremists. We always have to be the ones to tread carefully after they kill us so that we don’t make them mad. If you say something like that, they might fly planes into our buildings? Oops, they did that first.

    • November 13, 2009 6:44 pm

      This was really a failure of our system. The FBI knew Hasan was a security threat but the military never received that information. But if we treat this as an act of terrorism, that means terrorists have infiltrated our military. That’s pretty scary.

      • David Forsmark permalink
        November 13, 2009 7:54 pm

        Ah, the ostrich strategy. Whatever gets you through the night. Glad you’re not in charge. Unfortunately, birds of your feather seem to be.

        • November 13, 2009 9:25 pm

          Not hardly. It was the Bush administration that buried its head in the sand and didn’t do anything to fix the problem. Glad you’re not in charge. Birds of your feather caused more damage to our country than any terrorists could ever dream of causing.

          • F. Swemson permalink
            November 13, 2009 9:38 pm

            Granted that Bush was a lousy president, and a horrible Republican, with limited executive skills…

            But he might have been able to do more if he hadn’t been sandbagged by Clinton’s war, and an economy that tanked due to the far left’s meddling with the free market banking system during the Carter and Clinton years.

            Bush could have done more had he been smarter, had better advisors, or not have been so occupied with cleaning up the mess created left by your leftist demo-crap pals.

            From you avatar, I’m guessing that you’re well past your early 20’s. I think it’s time that you grew up and got a good whiff of the horse $hit you’ve been shoveling since you showed up here.

          • David Forsmark permalink
            November 14, 2009 10:17 am

            Hey, Ben gotta book for ya’. You know those things with 2 hard covers and lots of pieces of paper bound together in the middle…?


  3. Courtney permalink
    November 13, 2009 4:56 pm

    A shout out? Really? He might as well have peed on the American flag with his middle finger high in the air. I voted for Obama, but am starting to question my judgement on election day. Anyone who turns a white house press conference about an American TRAGEDY into a social occasion is as good as a commie in my book.

  4. November 13, 2009 6:34 pm

    And yes, Officer Munley “risked her life,” but most of us, Mr. President are not celebrating her for being shot, but for doing some good shooting.


  5. November 14, 2009 6:12 am

    Real Presidents do not give “Shout Outs”

  6. Jack Peek permalink
    November 14, 2009 7:13 am

    You would think,I’d be enjoying the phone calls and emails I get from people who I damn near went to blows with both physical and verbal,when I BEGGED THEM NOT TO VOTE FOR “bho”.

    No, I AM NOT…..each day, he scares me more.

  7. richard permalink
    November 14, 2009 7:22 am

    all those in the know who followed pc politics are directly responsible for this act of terrorism.

  8. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    November 14, 2009 10:39 am

    Its always Bushes fault. Notice he isn’t the president now-so lets get over it! Lets wake up and see what Obama is doing compared to Bush. Does Obama call them terrorists and think that waterboarding is a good thing? No! Does Obamao want to charge these islamofascists as prisoners of war? No! They are mere criminals to him. This is how Obama reacts to the 9/11 islamofascists.

    Obamao is already therefore playing into the hands of the enemy. Thus, he is appeasing the islamofascist even more and said, “oh lets not judge this until we get the facts”. See, this is the type of appeasement which will destroy this country and make our enemies roar a big laugh at us. I agree the PC is very very very stupid. Do you appease cancer? If so, good luck.

  9. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    November 14, 2009 10:44 am

    Oh yeah, Casey the diversity worshipper. Hmm, people are killed and all this guy brings up is diversity. I hope this type of diversity rots in hell as it kills innocent victims and doesn’t protect anyone. They claim 13 died- what about the 3 month unborn baby-I guess its just a blob to them – oh is this planned parenthood political correctness? I sure could care less about what they think-the baby killers who make money killing off the innocent.

  10. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    November 14, 2009 10:46 am

    I agree qc. His shout outs are dopey.

  11. Jack Peek permalink
    November 14, 2009 10:48 am

    AHH..the “shoutouts” come with the territory, if you get my point.

  12. peachey permalink
    November 14, 2009 12:40 pm

    Obama is so detached from the American people that he cannot even muster the integrity and humility to honor those that were murdered by a Muslim terrorist on his watch. His insulting ignorance of the obvious places all in danger. Just who does he hate the most? A Muslim terrorist or those that desire the truth and refuse to surrender our Constitutional rights. A neighbor, and ardent Obama apologist stated that she voted for him because he graduated from Harvard and that should make him “qualified” and “able to defend us”. So know we know that he is an intellectual barbarian with a Harvard degree in hubrus and incompetence.

  13. November 14, 2009 1:36 pm

    Get serious, Declare War on Islam, PERIOD!

  14. November 14, 2009 1:43 pm


  15. Bobby permalink
    November 15, 2009 12:05 am

    It gives Americans the constant feeling that our “leaders” are on an agenda that they never make clear and don’t want to make clear.


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