Obama to Congress: Back off the Hasan probe

posted at 10:13 am on November 14, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In the aftermath of the massacre at Fort Hood and the deaths of fourteen people, some members of Congress demanded investigations into why the Army and the FBI failed to identify and stop Major Nidal Malik Hasan before he had an opportunity to commit mass murder.  Some of the revelations from Hasan’s past, including communications with an al-Qaeda recruiter in Yemen, have Rep. Pete Hoekstra and Sen. Joe Lieberman promising to conduct separate investigations into the failure of counterterrorism efforts.  President Obama warned Congress to stay out of it, at least until the FBI finishes investigating the shootings:

President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to hold off on any investigation of the Fort Hood rampage until federal law enforcement and military authorities have completed their probes into the shootings at the Texas Army post, which left 13 people dead.

On an eight-day Asia trip, Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.” He said those who died on the nation’s largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft.

“The stakes are far too high,” Obama said in a video and Internet address released by the White House while the president he was flying from Tokyo to Singapore, where Pacific Rim countries were meeting.

There are two separate issues to be investigated, however, and nothing prevents them from being investigated in parallel.  The first is the shootings themselves, which so far appear to be fairly cut-and-dried, at least in terms of identifying the shooter.  Several witnesses saw Hasan shooting, and the military and FBI have publicly stated that they believe he acted alone.  They certainly have enough evidence already to try Hasan, which will give the victims and their families justice.

But at the same time, we have to make sure that we don’t have other Hasans waiting in the wings, and we have to fix the failures in our counterterrorism efforts that allowed this to happen.  That can’t wait until after Hasan’s trial, which could take months.  Furthermore, that oversight authority belongs to Congress, not the FBI or the CIA or even the executive branch.  Congress has to investigate the series of decisions made that shrugged off Hasan as no threat even though he made a number of contacts to a figure considered a suspect in the 9/11 plot and who openly recruits for al-Qaeda, behaved so oddly that his colleagues considered him “delusional” and complained up the chain of command about his apparent disloyalty, and who may have sent a lot of his money to Pakistan, according to reports from the House Intelligence Committee.

The families of the victims deserves justice.  The American people deserve an accounting of the failure quickly enough to fix the problem so that more American families won’t have to cry for justice after other attacks.  Fortunately, this country can walk and chew gum at the same time.


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did you know its impossible to be a muslim AND a terrorist

blatantblue on November 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Just shows that MackDaddy is not a racist. He protects both black and white (brown? olive?) muslims.

davidk on November 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM

There are two separate issues to be investigated, however, and nothing prevents them from being investigated in parallel.

As well they should be -now. We have not time to wait. The enemy has been emboldened by this administration.

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2009 at 10:18 AM

president dither doesn’t want another distraction.

rob verdi on November 14, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Good points Ed. Congress shouldn’t interfere with the criminal investigation. However, the systemic failure seems urgent and possible to handle in parallel.

dedalus on November 14, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Fortunately, this country can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Yes, it can.

misslizzi on November 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Lessee here…Hussein…Hasan…Hussein…Hasan…Hussein…

Hmmmmm.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

The President’s request to Congress has been denied effective this date 14 NOV 09. The investigations will move forward at full pace regarding both the criminal charges against Hasan and the suspicions of Islamic terrorism. All other Congressional spurious efforts (ie, healthcare) are backburnered. Intelligence briefings, questioning and sworn statements are to be completed and collected. Information is to be put forth to the American people as they so request.

ted c on November 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

i tried walking and chewing gum at the same time last night

i fell into a parked car

blatantblue on November 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

The President reserves jumping to conclusions for cops

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

It’s good to see you recognize 14 humans died Ed, It’s not being reported in the MSM. They mention Francheska Velez was pregnant but don’t mention the murder of an Iraq Army Veteran’s unborn child. Some way to honor our Veterans during the occasion we commemorate their service – Veterans Day. By ignoring Hasan’s 14th murder victim.

There is no reason for the Congress of the U.S. to back off this investigation. Why should they so all the people responsible for this debacle have time to cover their collective bu++S?

Dr Evil on November 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

But it’s not like this congress would find anything incriminating on Hasan.

Though Pelosi would be happy to find dirt on the CIA.

davidk on November 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Sooooo…does that mean they tremble with fear and leave it alone?

ohiobabe on November 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Well I guess the 911 Commission was a bit early, since the criminal trial is not over!

Christian Conservative on November 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Dr Evil on November 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I agree….but do we know though how Texas law views this situation ? Or the military law?

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Fortunately, this country can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Even if it’s President can’t.

Hog Wild on November 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

So, if it’s Congress that is supposed to do the investigating and Odorka told Congress to fuggettabottit, did we hear a tree fall in the woods?

ericdijon on November 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Hmmm 1st hit on my search about fetuses and murder laws

Re: a different case in Texas

http://public.getlegal.com/articles/fetal-homicide-laws

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Republican members of Congress IMMEDIATELY must issue a united proclamation to Obama: BACK OFF CIVIL TRIALS OF 9/11 TERRORISTS, back off pro-terrorism from the Oval Office!

For Obama, as with Hasan, so with the 9/11 terrorists. Forgive and forget. US Constitution be hanged.

maverick muse on November 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Just because Hasan name was on the Presidential daily security briefing report does mean the president could have stopped the attack could it?

Sanmon on November 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

I heard on the news that Obama called himself the ‘Pacific’ president. He meant in the sense of the ocean, but the other meaning of the word – a synonym of pacifist – is far more appropriate.

EnglishMike on November 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

CWforFreedom There is a Federal Law. There isn’t any ambiguity

The Federal Law:
The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004
(Public Law 108-212) is a United States law which recognizes a “child in utero” as a legal victim, if he or she is injured or killed during the commission of any of over 60 listed federal crimes of violence. The law defines “child in utero” as “a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”[2]

The law is codified in two sections of the United States Code: Title 18, Chapter 1 (Crimes), §1841 (18 USC 1841) and Title 10, Chapter 22 (Uniform Code of Military Justice) §919a (Article 119a).

States government has jurisdiction, including certain crimes committed on Federal properties, against certain Federal officials and employees, and by members of the military. In addition, it covers certain crimes that are defined by statute as federal offenses wherever they occur, no matter who commits them, such as certain crimes of terrorism.

Dr Evil on November 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Ed, I thought you declared him a “murderous lunatic” with “religious delusions” last Saturday while you were cautioning us not to make any conclusions. Have you changed your position on Hasan since last week?

BL@KBIRD on November 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM

He said those who died on the nation’s largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft.

Which is exactly why the investigation is needed. Political stagecraft is what killed them.

Socratease on November 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

But it’s not like this congress would find anything incriminating on Hasan.

Though Pelosi would be happy to find dirt on the CIA.

davidk on November 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Tha very Independent Joe Lieberman, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee is looking into it. Let’s see Harry Reid stop him.

Wethal on November 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Dr Evil on November 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Thanks

You have to admit this country is whack

So if a mother takes that same life all is good

Crazy

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

The stakes are far too high for parallel investigations? Define “stakes” please, Mr. Obama.

Spirit of 1776 on November 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

He isn’t being tried by Texas he committed his crime on a U.S. Military Post he is a member of the U.S. Army he will be tried by the Military – Federal Law he will go to a Federal Penitentiary unless the people trying to whitewash to cover their bu++s get him off on an insanity defense. It appears his old buddies back at Walter Reed are doing what they can to bolster such a defense.

Dr Evil on November 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I thought we were suppose to have three equal branches to our government. Someone seems to be overstepping his authority.

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Now, Now, calm down everyone.
(Officer Barbrady) “Move along, nothing to see here”
Obama knows exactly what he’s doing. He’ll wait until the fervor goes to a dull roar, then claim that it was “all just a big misunderstanding”
We need to not only try Hasan, but delve through our military to weed out similar persons (i.e. Muslims who have more love for Islam than America, and more love for Sharia than the Constitution)
Until we do that, there is no hope that we can prevent another Fort Hood disaster.

viviliberoomuori on November 14, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Ed,

Thank you for being one of the very few who are citing 14 people were killed, not 13. Many in the media refuse to include the baby in the reports.

yogi41 on November 14, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Rep. Pete Hoekstra and Sen. Joe Lieberman promising to conduct separate investigations into the failure of counterterrorism efforts. President Obama warned Congress to stay out of it, at least until the FBI finishes investigating the shootings:

These two items seem to be separate.
A gas valve malfunctions and a fire burns a house down…so the fire chief states “don’t look at any other valves until we have fully investigated this valve”…I am out checking or replacing that valve…

right2bright on November 14, 2009 at 10:29 AM

I thought we were suppose to have three equal branches to our government. Someone seems to be overstepping his authority.

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I won…I one…we don’t need any other…

right2bright on November 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Yes it’s off kilter. The law referred to above is called the Laci/Connor Peterson Law. I don’t understand why there is a media blackout the 14th murder victim of the Ft Hood of Massacre.

Dr Evil on November 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

The catastrophic failure of our security systems, civilian and military, to prevent a detected disaster like Major Traitor Hasan, especially after the 9/11 Report’s recommendations (which the Democrats loudly insisted on) to understand and counter the THREAT OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM, demands that a CONGRESSIONAL HEARING be held immediately.

What did Obama know, and when did he know it?!

profitsbeard on November 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

CWforFreedom

Great link.

Should the Army and the Feds drop the ball (as they are in bureaucratic political preference holding to PC, tossing the Constitution and the baby out with the bath water), Sanders v. State of Texas provides the Sovereign Great State of Texas with grounds to independently charge the traitor terrorist Hasan with the murder of the unborn child. Perhaps Texas would be so bold (under Perry) as to charge Hasan with being a traitor in Texas in a separate case.

Idea determines form.

maverick muse on November 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Define “stakes” please, Mr. Obama.

Spirit of 1776 on November 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Stakes were used by the KKK to tie blacks down on the ground…you are obviously a racist…next question please…

right2bright on November 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Ed,

Thank you for being one of the very few who are citing 14 people were killed, not 13. Many in the media refuse to include the baby in the reports.

yogi41 on November 14, 2009 at 10:29 AM

What is weird is that they don’t ever reference the fetus. I have seen many news reports on other crimes where they at least do that.

Also, I do agree with whomever said they saw something good in the fact that a female officer took that scum bag down.

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Since Hasan allegedly killed one civilian, I’m waiting for him to tried in a civilian court. That would be consistent, wouldn’t it General Holder?

Drained Brain on November 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

right2bright on November 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

your name is inherently racist

“bright”

by bright you mean “the white man is superior”

blatantblue on November 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

What did Obama know, and when did he know it?!

profitsbeard on November 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

ABSOLUTELY! Treason.

maverick muse on November 14, 2009 at 10:33 AM

This is another attempt by the Whitehouse to control any message that my show them in a negative light… How very V of them.

So far I think the more they protest the more guilty they look and the more curious we all become.

I want to know!

Also, this show trial they are setting up in NYC is setting a precedent that we can put Obama on trial for all those that get killed by their turn a blind eye to terrorists policy.

They had better back off this or the show trials of the future are going to be ugly!

petunia on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

On an eight-day Asia trip, Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.” He said those who died on the nation’s largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft.

Says the man who approved of his AG’s decision to try 5 terrorists in a civilian trial. Nope, no political theater or stagecraft in that decision, right Mr. Obama?

yogi41 on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Obama is showing his deference to Islam.

Cybergeezer on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Blackbird, I said wait for the evidence, which began rolling out in earnest this week. I also said he COULD HAVE BEEN a “murderous lunatic” with “religious delusions,” and that we should wait to see what else comes out. There is a difference.

Ed Morrissey on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

“Furthermore, that oversight authority belongs to Congress, not the FBI or the CIA or even the executive branch.”

BINGO! No more calls, please. We have a winner.

And the sooner this fraud discovers that HIS opinion isn’t the only one that matters, the better.

GoldenEagle4444 on November 14, 2009 at 10:35 AM

President Obama warned Congress to stay out of it, at least until the FBI finishes investigating the shootings:

Until Napolitano’s DHS has time to destroy evidence.

maverick muse on November 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Black and White and Yellow and Brown,
Obama wants this investigation shut down.

Mmmm-mmmm-mmmm!

PatMac on November 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM

But at the same time, we have to make sure that we don’t have other Hasans waiting in the wings,

There is little chance of that Ed.

But there might be some Mohammeds, Akhbars, Muakkadahs, Abdul Azzhats, and Jizwadaris.

Geochelone on November 14, 2009 at 10:37 AM

What the hell is this guy talking about?

This is something I want Congress to be involved in. I seriously doubt the motives of General “diversity is more important than the lives of soldiers” Casey and Eric “I hate white people and love terrorists” Holder.

Joe Caps on November 14, 2009 at 10:37 AM

“resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.”

Quite a naked bit of projection there. He is admitting that he would turn it into political theater if he was participating in a congressional probe.

It is also an admission that he fears where it will lead politically.

Buddahpundit on November 14, 2009 at 10:37 AM

This Fort Hood shooting just is not going down the way Obama, the anti-American left to which he belongs, and their allies in the Islamic Jihad movement want it to. I’ve been sitting back, watching all of this, and genuinely enjoying the narrative shift that is now out of the left’s control. Hasan murdered those people in the name of his religion. Everyone knows Hasan murdered those people in the name of his religion. Political correctness has infected the United States military. Everyone knows political correctness has infected the United States military. Political correctness and leftist politics got those people at Fort Hood killed. Everyone knows political correctess and leftist politics got those people at Fort Hood killed. People are going to be far less “afraid” from now on to say, “Hey, this Muslim guy I work with? I think he’s a jihadist.”

The truth is out, and there’s nothing Obama, the radical anti-American left, and their friends the radical Islamists can do about it.

Rational Thought on November 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Since this administration insists on defending “the religion of peace”, I’m guessing Barry and his cronies don’t want secondary investigations going on lest someone uncover additional Islamic terrorists.

Barb Dwyer on November 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM

But at the same time, we have to make sure that we don’t have other Hasans waiting in the wings,

There is little chance of that Ed.

But there might be some Mohammeds, Akhbars, Muakkadahs, Abdul Azzhats, and Jizwadaris.

Geochelone on November 14, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Don’t forget Hussein. Hey that sounds familiar, for some reason I feel like I know someone involved with the military with that name. O wait…

Joe Caps on November 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM

did you know its impossible to be a muslim AND a terrorist

blatantblue on November 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM

It’s “muslim tourist”.

Cybergeezer on November 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

The poor crazy, crazy insane Muslim…..crazy crazy crazy….poor and crazy……poor and lonely and crazy…..poor poor fellow all alone…….crazy crazy crazy…..we may never know….crazy……..delusions…..almost like a religion hijacking by insanity…..poor and lonely…..had to make friends overseas among Muslims who ……crazy poor…….poor and lonely crazy…………

Like watching white wash dry isn’t it?

BL@KBIRD on November 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

One point I would like to emphasize. You all have to understand that because Obama came into office doesn’t mean those in the LE & IC automatically adopted his weak stance on terrorism. Right now time for the investigators would be better spent ensuring there wasn’t a larger nexus than responding to a congressional inquiry. Answers should be given whether proper steps were taken before the attack, but not during the heat of the investigation.

VeteranBV on November 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Let’s see, the agencies that screwed up will be conducting the investigation of the screw up. Yeah, that will work out real well won’t it.

Hey Barry, a TERRORIST ATTACK occurred on US soil for the second time. Only this time, IT OCCURRED ON YOUR WATCH!
Take it like a man, or resign!

GarandFan on November 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Yeah don’t want to bog down Congress with this sort of thing while it has more important things to consider like Universal Health Care. //sar//

PC now stands for Political Cowardice.

vcferlita on November 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Quite a naked bit of projection there. He is admitting that he would turn it into political theater if he was participating in a congressional probe.

The two Democratic congressmen on O’Reilly last night to talk about the trial in New York immediately started with the talking points about “waterboarding” and “Bush.” It’s too clear what the motivation is.

Drained Brain on November 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

It’s “muslim tourist”.

Cybergeezer on November 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

it truly is impossible

see what happens is this:

when you’re a muslim

and you become a terrorist

POOF

you become a christian all the sudden

and youre a christian terrorist

blatantblue on November 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Yes, by all means lets give other potential killers plenty of time to plan and cover before we investigate. Makes complete sense to me. Just like bringing KSM in front of a civilian court. Yep, perfect sense.

Freaking tool.

JusDreamin on November 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

On an eight-day Asia trip, Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.” He said those who died on the nation’s largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft.

I can’t tell: is Obama talking about Fort Hood or the NYC trials of KSM and the other four Gitmo detainees?

BuckeyeSam on November 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Now he urges caution.

Terrye on November 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Otherwise known as: Back off as I put my own spin on it.

Mr. Joe on November 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I just shocked Teh One isn’t calling for him to be tried in New York. Yet.

Scott P on November 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

PC now stands for Political Cowardice.

vcferlita on November 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

+1000

JusDreamin on November 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Which is exactly why the investigation is needed. Political stagecraft is what killed them.

Socratease on November 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

WORD.

Purple Fury on November 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I thought we were suppose to have three equal branches to our government. Someone seems to be overstepping his authority.

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM

You may have missed the whole tsar thingey.

a capella on November 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Shorter Obama: “Help! Help! I’m losing control of teh narrative!”

Purple Fury on November 14, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Says the man who approved of his AG’s decision to try 5 terrorists in a civilian trial. Nope, no political theater or stagecraft in that decision, right Mr. Obama?

yogi41 on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM


Exactly.

This sh*t makes my blood boil.

Joe Caps on November 14, 2009 at 10:42 AM

If Obama thinks he can call Joe Lieberman off he’s spitting in the wind.

tgharris on November 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM

What is weird is that they don’t ever reference the fetus. I have seen many news reports on other crimes where they at least do that.
CWforFreedom on November 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

It’s more than weird it has to be intentional. The President of the United States of America at the Memorial for the Ft Hood massacre Mentioned Pvt Francheska Velez was expecting a baby. There has been reporting on her pregnancy it’s why she was sent state side.

We are supposed to believe that everyone in the media can only count to 13/SARC.

Although this morning on Fox & Friends they were discussing Hasan’s pay, and how he lived so modestly yet made so much money. Than a mention of Money being transferred to or from Pakistan. One of them said, and I was amazed that they actually said this this morning (DUMB) maybe Hasan was wiring money to family? Except here’s the thing, Fox News interviewed his Uncle back in Rammallah on air. So Fox & Friends on the weekend, think I don’t know: Palestine and Pakistan both begin with a (P) so ones as good as the other? Palestinians are of Arab descent. Last I looked that isn’t the ethnic make up of Pakistanis. So are the News Outlets just being incompetent? All they would have to do is go online and read a blog.

Nov 7, 2009 … Rafiq Ismail is Nidal Malik Hasan’s uncle. Ismail spoke to Fox News reporter Reena Ninan in Ramallah from the West Bank, Palestine. ..

14 Dead 13 Charges. 1 charge missing.

Dr Evil on November 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I bet Mr. Obama is glad that Congress took care of the drugs in major league baseball. Now I can sleep at night.

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM

“resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.”
I thought he meant the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Little Boomer on November 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

So basically Obama doesn’t want congress to find anything that will make him look bad and he’s willing to sacrifice our country’s safety for that goal.

What a great president!

Vera on November 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

“He said those who died on the nation’s largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft.

“The stakes are far too high,” Obama said…”

Listen up, Odouchebag. The terrorist connections and failure of normal security to recognize and act on them are at least as important as the criminal investigation. into the tragic shootings. See?

Terrorist Murderer and Terrorist Connections undetected or ignored. Two things.

Investigate Now! Quit protecting terrorists you unsufferable bowing suckup!

heldmyw on November 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The stakes are far too high,

Obama’s presidency

faraway on November 14, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The terrorist connections and failure of normal security to recognize and act on them are at least as important as the criminal investigation. into the tragic shootings. See?

I am inclined to think that is the root of the point Obama is making.

He sees this as a crime, thus the criminal investigation being the paramount focus (with of course the necessary “cops acted stupidly” caveat). The majority of Americans see this as an act of terror, and the connections and failures of security as equally important.

To him the stakes are the result of the trial. To Americans the stakes are future lives also.

Spirit of 1776 on November 14, 2009 at 10:47 AM

hold off on any investigation of the Fort Hood rampage until federal law enforcement and military authorities have completed their probes into the shootings at the Texas Army post, which left 13 people dead.

You mean the same feds that dropped the inquiry into Hasan’s contact’s with jihadists because . . .he didn’t seem violent?

heroyalwhyness on November 14, 2009 at 10:48 AM

They are going to dumb the blame all on the army instead of this b.s. atmosphere that moslems can not be touched.

Blake on November 14, 2009 at 10:49 AM

On an eight-day Asia trip, Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.”

Never stopped you , Obama.

the_nile on November 14, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Blackbird, I said wait for the evidence, which began rolling out in earnest this week. I also said he COULD HAVE BEEN a “murderous lunatic” with “religious delusions,” and that we should wait to see what else comes out. There is a difference.

Ed Morrissey on November 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Maybe I was too damn mad to see that ED. It was no mystery to me from the moment I heard his name and that he screamed Allahu Ackbar. But perhaps that comes from being aware of the tactics, dogma and history of Islam. Makes it much easier to see the big picture. Easy to find out about Islam too. Spend a rainy day with the Qur’an, you don”t need to know it all, just read it til you feel a chill in your soul.

BL@KBIRD on November 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

president dither doesn’t want another distraction.

rob verdi on November 14, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Exactly. Doesn’t want a distraction, or for Congress to bring attention to anything that makes him look like a dithering idiot.

petefrt on November 14, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Barry is afraid they’ll find out the Justice Department was ignoring Hasan’s signs in favor of Barry’s priorities – investigating right wing anti-abortion and tax-freedom “extremists” and moving terrorists to NY.

ChrisB on November 14, 2009 at 10:51 AM

So, in the wake of a terrorist attack, the govmint invites terrorists to attack us once again through propaganda. The willingness to bring KSM and his band of merry marauders here for trial is simply stupid ass smoke cover for Obama’s failure to nail Hasan before he killed 14 people (12 soldiers, 1 unborn baby, 1 civilian).

The investigations move forward because the American people say so.

ted c on November 14, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Obama’s nightmare:
At the KSM trial, one juror holds out.
Dems get blamed, lose control of Congress.
Obama gets impeached.

either orr on November 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM

ted c on November 14, 2009 at 10:51 AM

i dont know what to think

part of me thinks that bringing them here will rip open all the old memories

which is good.

and it will give them a soapbox to talk, and remind all of america what we’re up against

but idk

blatantblue on November 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Blake on November 14, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Joe Klein’s next column: Hasan records show outstanding officer forced to violence when Track Palin accepted in Army.

Spirit of 1776 on November 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM


___________________
CONTACT LIEBERMAN!
___________________

http://lieberman.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Let him know we have his back.

Joe Caps on November 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

The probe is more important to stop other terrorist attacks , the case against Hasan can wait.

the_nile on November 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Time for Congress to tell Obama to STFU and then start the Hasan investigation immediately.

OxyCon on November 14, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Ed, I would add a third issue to be investigated by overseers of the military. That is the outragous ‘diversity’ policy of top Army brass. From Steyn today:

“What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy,” said Gen. George Casey, the U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff, “but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here.” A “greater tragedy” than 14 dead and dozens of wounded? Translating from the original brain-addled multicult-speak, the Army chief of staff is saying that the same fatuous prostration before marshmallow illusions that led to the “tragedy” must remain in place. If it leads to occasional mass murder, well, hopefully it can be held to what cynical British civil servants used to call, during the Northern Irish “Troubles,” “an acceptable level of violence.” Fourteen dead is evidently acceptable. A hundred and forty? Fourteen hundred? I guess we’ll find out.

clorensen on November 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM

dumb = dump

Blake on November 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Why does anybody think that the Congress of Pelosi, Reed, Frank, Boxer, Moran, etc. will do a good job investigating anything?

Really Right on November 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Waiting for the Fort Hood shootings to be, somehow, Bush’s fault. If we could not see his grades from college there is now ay we will see anything that points to the Obumbler and his administration responsible in any way for the first terrorist attack on American soil in over eight years.

What is Obama hiding from us, again?

jukin on November 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM

It’s even more depressing that “the 14th victim” counts in this case because this was obviously a wanted child. What does that make the millions who have been aborted?

sabu on November 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM

When you say 14 dead it doesn’t tell the whole story. Over 40 people were injured as well. In total the Jihadist got off over 50 rounds that hit their intended targets.

To all fledgling journalists, take a lesson from Krauthammer. Use the total number of hits. It more accurately reflects the true situation and the extent of how unprotected the American soldiers really were.

Gun free zones are kill zones, like VA tech.

Geochelone on November 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

I find The AP’s distortion of what Obama actually said to be one of the most shocking examples of bias I’ve seen in some time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnvFXRwdTiQ&feature=sub

“I know there will also be inquiries by congress, and there should. But all of us should resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater that sometimes dominates the discussion here in Washington.”

They literally cut him off mid-sentence and totally ignore the previous quote… until the very end end of the article where they paraphrase the missing line and tell us he told congress to hold off on inquiries (He never expressly states this).

Typhonsentra on November 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Breitbart has uncovered video of Senator Obama in 2006 arguing that “KSM will get full military trial.”

How, ah, ironic.

Drained Brain on November 14, 2009 at 11:02 AM

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