From a Newsweek article entitled Is Fort Hood A Harbinger? Nidal Malik Hasan May Be A Sympton Of A Military On The Brink:What if Thursday’s atrocious slaughter at Fort Hood only signals that the worst is yet to come? The murder scene yesterday afternoon at the Killeen, Texas, military base, the largest in the country, was heart-wrenching. Details remained murky, but at least 13 are dead and 30 wounded in a killing spree that may momentarily remind us of a reality that most Americans can readily forget: soldiers and their families are living, and bending, under a harrowing and unrelenting stress that will not let up any time soon. And the U.S. military could well be reaching a breaking point as the president decides to send more troops into Afghanistan.
It’s hard to draw too many conclusions right now, but we do know this: Thursday night, authorities shot and then apprehended the lone suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. A psychiatrist who was set to deploy to Iraq at the end of the month, Hasan reportedly opened fire around the Fort Hood Readiness Center, where troops are prepared for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. And though this scene is a most extreme and tragic outlier, it comes at a time when the stress of combat has affected so many soldiers individually that it makes it increasingly difficult for the military as a whole to deploy for wars abroad…
Of course, Hasan had not yet been deployed, and the true cause of Thursday’s tragedy is still unknown. And yet some are already suggesting that Major Hasan’s lack of combat experience precludes us from assuming the crimes were at all influenced by the stress of war. “They weren’t in Iraq,” author Dinesh D’Souza said on television Thursday night, analyzing the culprit. “They were living a normal, everyday life.” But he is wrong. In the midst of two wars, those living as military and military family experience a different—often, more distressing—everyday experience of “normal.” And forgetting that, either in understanding this singular case, or making a decision about more deployments, is dangerous at best, and morally bankrupt at worst.
And this is from a journalist at one of the nation’s largest news magazines? There was a time when this would not have made the cut at a high school newspaper. It is pure garbage. If I still had a Newsweek subscription I would cancel it today.
Here is some more unbelievable coverage., this from an ABC News article
[The military] said the motive for the attack, which took place just after 1:30 p.m. CT, is unclear. While [they] said he could not rule out the incident as an act of terrorism, evidence does not support that theory.
Hasan’s cousin Nader Hasan said that she believed it was his upcoming deployment combined with the wartime horror stories he heard from his patients that set him off. Hasan had reportedly recently hired an attorney to help him get out of the military. According to the suspect’s cousin, Hasan was also harassed after 9/11 because of his ethnicity, and was called a “camel jockey.”