Ft. Hood report omits important factor: Islam

Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 2/3/2010 5:00:00 AM A senior Army strategist and Pentagon advisor finds it unacceptable that the recently released Defense Department review of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, didn't mention that the suspect's Islamic faith might have been a motivating factor in the massacre.

A senior Army strategist and Pentagon advisor finds it unacceptable that the recently released Defense Department review of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, didn't mention that the suspect's Islamic faith might have been a motivating factor in the massacre.

"For the military, for the Army to ignore what is obvious to everybody in the world -- to include the Islamic world that the motivation was his radical views about his duty to kill American soldiers -- I find unacceptable," Maginnis states, adding that the military is gripped by political correctness.

"Even the chief of staff of the Army, General Casey, was very clear," the strategist notes. "He [basically] said...'I don't want to jeopardize the plurality of the armed forces by stating what to me is obvious: that radical Islam is the motivation here and that any indication that it exists in the military should be scrubbed out.'"

The retired Army officer concludes that while he is not advocating kicking all 5,000 Muslim members of the military out of the service, he does believe the military should take the necessary steps to adequately screen those who might become radicalized.