Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday's trackings

Today we learn more about Major Hasan's views:
"The suspect in last week's deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood urged in 2007 that Muslims in the U.S. Army be allowed to claim "conscientious objector" status as the United States fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. "It's getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims," Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan said, according to a slideshow that the newspaper said Hasan used in the June 2007 presentation."

Well--it seems clear to me that someone with those kind of views, given the war we are in (and note that carefully) in Iraq and Afghanistan, should not be a major in our army, probably shouldn't be an officer in our army, and certainly shouldn't be stationed at a place like Fort Hood. The military failed to act on what they knew about Hasan. We must make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

Look what the president said earlier in his term:
"Experts agree that if nothing is done, the unemployment rate could reach double digits," Obama said in his weekly address on Jan. 24, urging Congress to quickly pass a proposed $1 trillion stimulus bill. The nightmare "double digit" scenario became Obama's mantra. "If we don't act immediately ... the national unemployment rate will approach double digits," he said in early February at a town hall in Florida. "Approach double digits," he repeated at a speech in Indiana. "Double digits," he wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post."

Guess what--we acted immediately, and unemployment has hit double digits. Look for Republicans to point this out, assuming the unemployment numbers stay this way, more than a few times between now and November 2010.