One year ago today a Muslim Army officer committed an act of terrorism at Fort Hood, Tx. These soldiers, and an unborn baby, were killed by the terrorist:
Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, Havre de Grace, Md.
Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52, Woodbridge, Va.
Cpt. John P. Gaffaney, 54, San Diego, Calif.
Cpt. Russell Seager, 41, Racine, Wis.
Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, 32, Plymouth, Ind.
Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, Kiel, Wis.
Spc. Jason Hunt, 22, Tillman, Okla.
Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, Mountain City, Tenn.
PFC Aaron Nemelka, 19, West Jordan, Utah
PFC Michael Pearson, 22, Bolingbrook, Ill.
PFC Kham Xiong, 23, St. Paul, Minn.
Michael G. Cahill, Cameron, Texas [civilian]
Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, Chicago, Ill.
Velez, unborn child
I wish I could write that thankfully the Army learned its lesson and adjusted how it handles Muslim soldiers, but they haven’t. And they also still leave their soldiers unprotected on bases all over this country. Soldiers are still not permitted to carry defensive firearms on or off duty. Personally owned firearms are still banned on bases.
It is sad, and irritating, that the softest targets in America are our military bases. The jihadists certainly know this. I just spent 3 days at Fort Benning. I left my carry gun at the hotel when I went on base. Security wasn’t particularly tight. They did check identification and momentarily confused me with a Ken Nelson who is a violent murderer and is a wanted man, but was born one year earlier than me. By the time they sorted it out I could have shot them all and made my way to softer targets on base. Cars weren’t being searched. Any jihadist could have snuck in pretty much any amount of weapons. And had a fiest on America’s finest, but unweaponed, soldiers. The jihadists would be safer on base than at a local mall.
When my son asks “Dad, should I join the Army”… I honestly can’t say what my response will be. There are great things to learn and do in the Army, but at the same time, if the Army won’t protect him or let him protect himself, how can I approve? And even more importantly, if they are willing to sacrifice troops for false political correctness at home, what is happening overseas? I’m just not sure the Army’s and our political leadership have America’s interest in mind any longer.