November 5th, 2009

Eagle

12 People Killed and 31 Wounded in Fort Hood Shooting

Major Malik Nadal Hasan, age 39, opened fire at Fort Hood military base in central Texas on Thursday afternoon, unleashing a stream of gunfire that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. A female police officer employed by the Department of Defense reportedly shot Hasan. Both Hasan and the police officer are hospitalized and listed in stable condition.  Police apprehended two other suspects who have were later released.   This appears to be the worst mass shooting to ever take place at a U.S. military installation.

The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said at a news conference. He said all the casualties took place at the base's Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening.

Retired Army Col. Greg Schannep, an aide to Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), said he was heading for a 2 p.m. graduation ceremony on the base when he heard numerous shots and saw a wounded soldier run by.  "Initially, I thought it was a training exercise," he said.  Schannep said he heard three or four volleys of shots with eight to 12 shots in each volley.  "A soldier came running past me and said 'sir there is someone shooting.' As he ran past me I saw blood on his back. I don't think he even knew he had been shot. He has since been treated and should be OK," he said.

FBI agents are assisting the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, which was leading the probe.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, told Fox News that military sources informed her that the gunman was about to be deployed to Iraq.  The shooter was killed and two other suspects, who are also soldiers, have been apprehended, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone said.  The general said there were "eyewitness accounts of more than one shooter," and the others were tracked to an adjacent facility.

Hasan was born in Virginia and is a U.S. citizen of Jordanian descent.

Military records show Hasan receiving his appointment to the Army as a first lieutenant in June 1997 after graduating from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, with a degree in biochemistry.

Six years later, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' F. Edward Hebert School Of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, and was first an intern, then a resident and finally a fellow at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Hasan was promoted to Captain in 2003, he was promoted to Major in May. 

In 2009, Hasan he completed a fellowship in disaster and preventive psychiatry and was assigned to Darnall in July.  He had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, but was never deployed outside the United States.

Hasan was reportedly scheduled to deploy to either Iraq or Afghanistan later this month.
 
Earlier today a law enforcement official said Hasan, believed to be in his late 30s, was killed after opening fire at the base. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

A source told CBS news that Hasan is a licensed psychiatrist in Bethesda, Md. He is a drug and rehab specialist who received his Virginia psychiatry license July 12, 2005.

It was not known whether he was treating people at the base.

Officials says it was not clear what Hasan's religion was, but investigators are trying to determine if Hasan was his birth name or if he may have changed his name and converted to the Islamic faith at some point.

obama Arrogance

Obama Shows Lack of Respect for Murdered Soldiers

Shortly after Major Malik Nadal Hasan and two other unnamed shooters allegedly opened fire at the largest U.S. military installation in the world, Ft. Hood, Texas, President Barack Obama held a press conference to address the issue. Before getting around to the shooting that has already claimed a dozen lives and wounded at least 31 people, Obama began his remarks:

"I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It’s good to see you."

Obama apparently wrote out his statement concerning the shooting at Fort Hood,  but chose to preface the slaughter of American soldiers with a “shout out” that cheapened both the shooting and the Congressional Medal of Honor.

This quotation tells you everything you need to know about how our Commander in Chief feels.  There is no event so serious that it cannot be prefaced by a moment of glib hipness, no solemn loss so sacred he will deny himself a moment of wry self-indulgence. Soldiers were killed?  Let’s say hi to Joe Medicine Crow first to pimp more Native American votes in 2012.  

President Bush used to break into tears when addressing soldiers but was reviled as a cold hearted warmonger by the liberal press.  President Obama gives out rounds of virtual fist-bumps to his buds before even mentioning a slaughter of American soldiers and is treated as a Deity by MSNBC.

We desperately need a patriot in the White House as Commander in Chief.  Obama has again proved we do not have one.

UPDATE:  Crow is not a Medal of Honor recipient.  As noted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress, it is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Crow's name is not included on the Society's Medal of Honor recipient list.  He was, however, awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in August.

Obama, often described as "cerebral" by the mainstream media, should know the difference between the Medal of Honor and the Medal of Freedom, especially since he personally awarded the latter to Crow.  Don't expect his blunder to receive wide coverage.  It's not something he can blame George Bush for.