Monday, November 16, 2009

May Calls Carson's Priorities On Fort Hood Attack Wrong

Seventh District Republican congressional candidate Carlos May criticized U.S. Rep. Andre Carson's recent suggestion in an Associated Press interview following the Ft. Hood attack by Maj. Nidal Hasan that left 12 Army soldiers and one civilian dead that the focus should be on Hasan's "mental health issues." "This is no way a reflection of Islam any more than Timothy McVeigh's actions are a reflection of Christianity," Carson told the AP. May called Carson's linkage of McVeigh and Hasan "misleading and irresponsible." While May rejected "any linkage between murder and Islam", he said he was troubled that Carson dismissed any connection between Hasan's actions and his religion. "However, for Carson to dismiss the facts pointing to Hasan’s associations with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric who knew three of the 9/11 hijackers, and Hasan’s association with him going back to 2001 as mere mental illness is troubling," May said. "Carson is representing the twelfth largest city in the U.S., and is a former employee of IDHS who should be leading the effort for a thorough Congressional investigation."

It's refreshing to see a politician speak candidly on this issue. Virtually all of Indiana's congressional delegation and congressional candidates have remained silent on the Ft. Hood terrorist attack, seemingly afraid to speak their mind for fear of being labeled as "anti Muslim." The silence from our two Indiana senators, Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh, has been deafening.

Efforts within our government to deflect attention away from their own national security failures in failing to recognize Hasan as a threat to his fellow soldiers is reaching new lows. The National Enquirer is quoting a government source as suggesting Hasan is a closet homosexual who recently got dumped by his lover. Adding to the titilating tale is a suggestion in the story that Hasan is HIV-positive, claiming a cache of HIV meds was found in his apartment. The Enquirer writes:

The deranged Fort Hood gunman - accused of killing 13 people and wounding 29 others - snapped after being dumped by a lover, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.

Authorities say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan - an American-born Muslim of Palestinian descent - became deeply disturbed over his imminent deployment to Afghanistan. But his final decline into madness was triggered by his miserable failure at romance.

While the investigation is being kept under tight wraps, a top government source, close to the case, told The ENQUIRER: "There's evidence he was dumped by a lover."

The ENQUIRER has also learned the 39-year-old Army psychiatrist had a deep-seated inability to deal with women that stemmed all the way back to high school - and he may have had homosexual relationships.

"Hasan had someone he was seeing - a woman or even a man - or may have imagined the love affair," disclosed the government source. "It's quite possible the object of his affection had no idea they were Hasan's love interest.

"What's clear is that Hasan felt he was dumped by this person, giving him another reason for unleashing his mass assault. In his sick mind, Hasan may have believed that one of these innocent men he gunned down stole away his lover." . . .

Imam Mohamed Abdullahi, who runs the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Md., where the psychiatrist attended prayer services, told The ENQUIRER Hasan may have been confused about his sexuality.

"Maybe he is a homosexual. He was clearly very troubled. In the Koran, there was a messenger who was a homosexual, and God destroyed him."

Among Hasan's belongings, confiscated by police at his apartment, was a cache of HIV prescription drugs.
Oh, the irony that people within government would now be attempting to portray Hasan as a mentally unstable gay men who is a HIV-positive. If Hasan had simply told his Army superiors he was gay, he would have been discharged in a heartbeat under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Earlier this year, the Army discharged 11 gay soldiers because of the policy. A West Point graduate, Dan Choi, received notice in May of this year that he would be discharged from the Army National Guard for speaking out about his homosexuality in a television interview. Choi spoke Arabic fluently and had recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq. More than 12,000 soldiers have been dismissed since President Clinton signed into law the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law in 1993. It's pretty sad that our military would view a soldier like Choi as a risk to the morale and well-being of his fellow soldiers, while turning a blind eye to Hasan's outrageous anti-American statements and praise of Islamic suicide bombers.


Anonymous said...

If this is true, then Obama's promise to end "Don't ask, don't tell" might have played a part in why the attack occurred. If he was gay, then he can't come out due to his religion. However, by coming out, he gets out of being deployed. Does anyone know when the deployment was to start? Maybe he had decided to plan to come out of the closet right before leaving, but Obama's recent speech of ending the ban on homosexuals scared him into thinking that even if he came out, nothing would happen and he would be shipped off to fight what he viewed as his own people??

Concerned Taxpayer said...

"...The fact that he is Muslim is wholly immaterial to his actions in the larger sense..."

How many Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Jews, Christians, or 7-Day Advantists have you EVER heard cry, "Allah Akbar!" just before cutting off a prisoner's head, or shooting them in the back?

This "political correctness" CRAP has GOT to STOP!

Guest said...

Please lord oh please gerrymander me out of his district, I am begging you.

indyernie said...

It's refreshing to see a candidate expose Carson for what he uninformed arrogant idiot.

Sir Hailstone said...

Come on Gary - the National Enquirer???

Gary R. Welsh said...

You bet, Mike. Don't forget the publication is run by a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. This is the same publication that exposed John Edwards love child while all of the mainstream media ignored the story. You can laugh, but the Enquirer has broke many big stories over the years.

M Theory said...

Spooknp...I would not mind being shipped off to fight my own people if "my people" were violent and treated women as property and slaves.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Ben Smith at Politico wrote about the Clinton connection a couple of years ago:

The political world has been holding its nose for the last twenty-four hours while peering at the weekly tabloid National Enquirer, which published a story yesterday alleging that presidential candidate John Edwards had an extra-marital affair.

"The story is false," Edwards told reporters in South Carolina today, according to a reporter who was there.

What the tabloid's readers, in politics and out, may not know is that a key owner of the Enquirer is a prominent New York investment banker and one of Hillary Clinton's key backers, Roger Altman. Altman was an official in the first Clinton administration, and his name is often mentioned as a possible Clinton Treasury Secretary.

The investment boutique which Altman founded and chairs, Evercore Partners, bought a controlling stake in American Media, which publishes the Enquirer, in 1999, which it still holds with a partner. Evercore's president, Austin Beutner, sits on American Media's Board of Directors, according to Evercore's website.

A spokesman for American Media, Richard Valvo, said in an email that Altman has "no involvement in editorial, ever." He said that Evercore owns 20 percent of the company through an investment fund. Altman didn't respond to an email seeking comment or to a message left with his secretary.

American Media has also published lurid and negative stories about the Clintons since its acquisition.

Yesterday's National Enquirer story was mirrored by a pair of stories in the Huffington Post -- whose public face, Arianna Huffington, is a harsh critic of Clinton. The Huffington Post stories implied that the Edwards campaign was concerned about its relationship with a film-maker, Rielle Hunter, who had shot web videos for Edwards. The stories stopped short of directly suggesting the candidate had a relationship with her, something Mickey Kaus made explicit on Slate yesterday.

"The MSM seems to be strenuously trying to not report it," Kaus wrote, and indeed, aside from a disapproving link to Kaus's item on the website of the New Republic, and gleeful coverage on the gossip blog Wonkette, the story has mostly stayed out of the old-line press. But it's unclear whether that reluctance is the result of Clinton-era neurosis about the topic of sex, or a less fraught sense that there simply isn't much to report here, particularly in the case of a candidate who lacks the media wattage and poll numbers of his rivals.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Dallas Morning News also reported on HIV meds found in Hasan's apartment.