A scoop from Matt Continetti, author of “The Persecution of Sarah Palin,” but one which ironically doesn’t provide her complete answer.
I asked about Palin’s upcoming visit to Ft. Hood. “We had planned on that before the tragedy struck,” she said. She commented on the trail of evidence linking the alleged Ft. Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, to militant Islam. “There were such clear, obvious, massive warning signs that were missed,” she said. “This terrorist, even having business cards” that identified him as an “SoA” or soldier of Allah. Palin blamed a culture of political correctness and other decisions that “prevented — I’m going to say it — profiling” of someone with Hasan’s extremist ideology. “I say, profile away,” Palin said. Such political correctness, she continued, “could be our downfall.” If the upcoming investigations into the attack reveal bad decision-making on the part of senior officials, Palin continued, those officials ought to be fired.
The left’s going to hyperventilate over this thinking that she’s calling for Arab or Muslim soldiers generally to be profiled, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. She simply wants the military not to look the other way at jihadist sympathizers in the ranks for fear that it’ll be accused of profiling Muslim soldiers if it investigates. Not a controversial position — Palin-hater Christopher Hitchens quite agrees, and a new CBS poll finds fully 51 percent think the military had enough evidence that they should have prevented the shootings — but it’s only a matter of time before some media outlet twists this to accuse her of supporting racial or religious profiling. Anyone want to start a pool on which one does it first? Put me down for ten bucks on the AP.
Follow the link and you’ll see that she also disapproves of a civilian trial for KSM, which places her on the right side of another CBS poll out tonight. Tongue-in-cheek exit question via Tom Maguire: If terrorists who attack military targets get military trials and terrorists who attack civilian targets get civilian trials, do terrorists who attack schools get trials in juvenile court?