Who Is the Commander in Chief?
November 10, 2009 5 Comments
So it’s official . . . kind of. Major Hasan is a zealot for “radical Islam,” and people knew it. Doesn’t give you too much faith in the system, does it?
In an earlier post about the Fort Hood incident, I suggested that the question is: How could this happen? Though I suspected it then, it’s obvious now that part of the answer is our faith in political correctness. Yes, PC is an abstract concept, not a person. So having faith in it sounds preposterous. So what I should say is that because of the insidious influence of PC, we have faith in people we never should trust. PC blinds us to the importance of knowing whom we trust.
I did not knowingly trust Maj. Hasan. But I surely did indirectly. More important, the people he gunned down trusted him. That trust has always seemed warranted and invulnerable to suspicion. Not any more.
It isn’t only Maj. Hasan who betrayed our trust. Others in the military knew of his goofiness (a euphemism, considering the consequences of their oversight and inaction). And yet he had freedom to roam the base, work with patients, and walk into a facility and shoot indiscriminately and fatally at innocent “infidels.”
How can we not wonder how compromised our military has become? Is Hasan the tip of an iceberg? How far up the chain of command does his ideology find a home?
It’s lunacy for Americans to prefer abstract and amorphous “change” over substance. This is partly because change is never really amorphous or abstract when it occurs. It’s always concrete, definite. Since it is so definite when it happens, we must be sure we know what sort of change we’re asking for when politicians promise it.
We didn’t know what change was in mind when Obama was a presidential candidate. He made sure of that. And the electorate didn’t care. But why did Obama make sure that no one knew his definite plans? And what are we to make of the radicalism of so many changes he’s already proposed in his first year as president? Do we yet know who this guy really is?
This was a question for the days of campaigning. But it’s pertinent again today. For Obama is our Commander in Chief, the highest ranking member of the American military infrastructure.
I suggest that if our confidence in the military infrastructure is to be restored, we must have unequivocal repudiation of radical Islamic ideology from the top down. It won’t be enough to hear this in the abstract. What is really needed is explicit condemnation of sharia law, followed up with vigorous efforts to track down, expose, and prosecute enemies in the camp.
What are the chances that’s going to happen?