This is really the last thing that families of the murdered or wounded need to hear from top military brass. Reuters reports:
General George Casey, U.S. Army chief of staff, cautioned against jumping to conclusions about whether religious beliefs motivated the accused gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States of immigrant parents.Backlash against Muslim soldiers? Tell you what. How about we start looking into how pervasive the views of Nidal Malik Hasan are inside the military instead of worrying about a "backlash". This mentality is incredibly disturbing and General Casey is coming across as an apologist of the politically correct kind.
"I'm concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers. And I've asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that," Casey told CNN's "State of the Union."
How does Casey think General Patton would have responded to the discovery of Nazi troops inside the U.S. military? Would he have refrained from using such an incident to galvanize his troops or would he have warned them not to offend all Germans?
With all due respect to Casey's military career, this stance is inexplicable and completely misguided.
Read the entire report from REUTERS.
h/t to ATLAS