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Posted by Andrew Roman on November 10, 2009

From the “Words Mean Things” file.

General George Casey, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, made the following statement on Sunday in regard to the Fort Hood terrorist attack:

Speculation could potentially heighten backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers and what happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here. It’s not just about Muslims, we have a very diverse army, we have very diverse society and that gives us all strength. But again we need to be very careful about that.

george caseyIf necessary, take a moment to read it again – particularly the  phrase, “What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here.”

There can be no mincing words here. It is a despicable thing for an officer in the United States Army to say.

Call what happened at Fort Hood terrorism (as I do). Call it an act of war. Call it what you will. But with all due respect to General Casey and his honorable service to this nation, he is dead wrong on all accounts – and an embarrassment.

To begin with, calling the mass murders at Fort Hood, Texas a “tragedy,” as I wrote late last week, is a profound disservice to the thirteen dead and twenty-nine wounded. Indeed, it is an insult to the memory of the fallen. As a “tragedy,” the act becomes more random, more arbitrary, more illogical. As a “tragedy,” blame effectively shifts from being squarely on the shoulders of the murderer to being attributable, at least in part, to outside forces beyond his control; it gives evil enough room to wriggle off the hook.

The fact is …It was not an act of chance. It was not an accident. It was perfectly logical in its lethal perversity. It was a deliberate, pre-meditated act of evil, fuelled by a dangerous ideology.

But more imprtant than Casey’s mislabelling of this terrorist act as a “tragedy,” is his disturbing take on diversity in the military.

Again the quote:

What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here.

Common sense demands that the general must have misspoken, because no officer in the United States military can truly believe such a thing.

General Casey is saying that a little less diversity in the military is worse than having innocent soldiers killed.

He’ll take dead soldiers over shrinking diversification.

To him, slain military personnel are more acceptible than decreasing varieties of ethnicities and skin tones in the service.

How could anyone in their right mind honestly believe that?

What the hell kind of thinking is that?


First of all, diversity means that everyone – regardless of skin color, ethnicity, sex or religion – is held to the same standard; and it is clear from the abundance of reports that have come out since the shooting spree on Thursday that the killer, Hasan, was not treated as any non-Muslim would have been had he or she been involved in highly questionable activities.

The man tried to contact Al-Qaeda, for heaven’s sake – and we knew about it.

Political correctness planted the seeds of murder that took place at Fort Hood last week.

Second, diversity is not where the strength of the military – or America herself – lies. The United States does not thrive because of its diversity.

It is absolute nonsense.

Indeed, America is comprised of a diverse population, but it is the singularity of America’s value system – what she stands for – that epitomizes her real strength.

Check your money, General Casey.

E Pluribus Unum.

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