That was my first thought when I first heard the President raise his voice as he said these words today at Fort Hood:
“It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy," Obama said. "But this much we do know – no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor. And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice – in this world, and the next.”
Here the President seems to have judged that Hasan was not criminally insane, but a political terrorist – twisted, to be sure – but acting consciously, driven to “murderous and craven” acts by a perverted reading of the Muslim faith. And how about this conscious effort to equate today’s military with “the greatest generation”:
The President said, “You may remember the stories of a grandfather who marched across Europe; an uncle who fought in Vietnam; a sister who served in the Gulf. But as we honor the many generations who have served, I think all of us – every single American – must acknowledge that this generation has more than proved itself the equal of those who have come before. We need not look to the past for greatness, because it is before our very eyes.”
Powerful words, well delivered. From a man who seems convinced that one of America’s own convinced himself to kill on behalf of America’s enemies. And from a President who seems prepared to call for more sacrifice to defeat those enemies.