Forsvarsminister Robert Gates sa menneskelig svikt gjorde at det ikke ble reagert på militærpsykiater Nidal Malik Hasans religiøse ekstremisme. Han lovet oppvask. I flere ledd unnlot man å reagere på syn som klart tydet på muslimsk ekstremisme.
Det er andre gang på kort tid at den øverste ledelsen må stå frem og erkjenne at systemet ikke greier å stanse terrorister. Nigerianske Farouk Usman Abdulmutallab greide nesten å sprenge et passasjerfly over Detroit 1. juledag. Det hadde vært flere signaler også om hans radikalsering, men bitene ble ikke satt sammen.
Åtte offiserer vil få reprimande i forbindelse med Hasans massakre.
The officers who face discipline supervised Major Hassan but failed to pass on disturbing information about his behavior and performance several stages of his Army career: during his medical training at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences, his residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, and an academic fellowship before he was assigned to Fort Hood. The report’s disciplinary recommendations and other findings were reported overnight by The Lost Angeles Times and the Associated Press.
Major Hasan, 39, was born and raised in Virginia, the son of Palestinian immigrants who ran a restaurant and convenience store in Roanoke. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he pursued a military career against the wishes of his parents, relatives have said.
During his residency, he alarmed some colleagues by becoming increasingly outspoken against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, whose traumatized and injured veterans he was counseling. He became preoccupied with the conflict between his understanding of Islam and the American military’s role in fighting Muslims overseas, presenting his concerns at one point in a PowerPoint presentation that some fellow psychiatrists found disturbing.
But supervisors minimized the matter, justifying Major Hasan’s concerns as part of legitimate and valuable research on how to manage Muslim soldiers in combat zones.
Starting in late 2008, Major Hasan wrote about 20 e-mail messages to a radical Yemeni-American cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, asking for guidance on religious obligations, including whether it would be justified for a Muslim American soldier to kill fellow soldiers. Mr. Awlaki had become an influential figure whose writings and sermons, distributed from his popular Web site, encouraged violence to defend against what he described as attacks on Muslims.
A few of the e-mail messages, but not all, were intercepted and passed on to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, officials have said. A Defense Department analyst examined them and decided the queries were part of Major Hasan’s research and warranted no further investigation.
Et kritisk blikk vil si det er den rådende politiske korrekthet som gjør at kolleger og overordnede ikke reagerte på Hasans utlegninger, eller hans epost. Man er redd for å trå muslimer på tærne og krenke deres følelser.
Gates og Obama kan ikke oppnå forbedringer uten å gi folk større handlerom og identifisere problemene på en mer åpen og direkte måte. Ikke alle vil like det.