Major Hasan has not been convicted of doing anything amiss in 2009. So, he receives his paycheck. But what about his court martial? One of these days, Real Soon Now.
Were there witnesses? Lots. Were there dead bodies? Thirteen. Wounded? Over 30. Then what’s the problem? Public relations. There will be witnesses called who will reveal that the U.S. Army did nothing when they knew he was in regular email contact with a known Al Qaeda recruiter.
In his first email to the Islamic cleric, he asked if Islamic law allowed him to kill American soldiers. Was this a red flag? Of course not. It was just a soldier seeking spiritual guidance. It happens every day.
It’s better to let sleeping dogs lie. It’s better to let bygones be bygones. Out of sight, out of mind.
Meanwhile, the survivors are being denied combat pay benefits. Also, they were not victims of a terrorist attack. They suffered from “workplace violence.”
Hasan “went postal” I guess. The Army’s response? “Return to sender.”
This is bureaucracy at work. This is Pentagon justice.
The conservative movement ever since 1946 has given a blank check to the Pentagon. They believe that “it’s my Pentagon, right or wrong.” But the nature of the Pentagon is seen in this case. It is paralyzed. It cannot bring itself to try this case. It cannot bring justice to victims. It prefers to look stupid, when the alternative is looking impotent.
And so, Major Hasan’s paychecks keep coming.
My prediction: he will not make lieutenant colonel. Other than this career limit, who knows? This is the Army, Mr. Jones.